Homemade Applesauce

So, I still haven’t finished all of the applesauce. Do you know how long it takes to cut 2 bushels of apples into quarters, cook them, and run them through a sieve? A long time, when you figure in at least twenty interruptions made by each of my two children per batch of applesauce.

Homemade applesauce is worth the time and energy. (Although I seem to have misplaced those. Has anyone seen them?)

Applesauce

Apples
1 pint of water
Wash the apples with a small amount of soap. Rinse well.
Quarter each apple and remove the core. Place in a large pot. Continue cutting until the pot is almost full; pour in the water.

I enjoy watching a movie and sitting on the comfy couch while cutting apples.
Bring to a boil then cover and simmer until the apples are softened but not brown. This can take anywhere from 5-30 minutes depending on your apples.  (If they turn brown, it’s okay; you can make Apple Butter with them.)

Run apples through a sieve to “sauce” them. Allow the applesauce to cool before placing it in bags to freeze. If desired, you can add honey, maple syrup, and/or cinnamon to your applesauce.
Applesauce really is simple. But you do have to be ready to set aside enough time to cut the apples. It takes me about 45 minutes to cut one-quarter bushel of apples. The time involved is heavily reliant on how large the apples are. The ones that I am using are quite small, so there are more in a bushel than there would be if they were large.
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2 thoughts on “Homemade Applesauce”

  1. Bethany,

    You NEED to borrow my squeezo. Not peeling, just wash, core, and steam the apples then run them through the squeezo.

    aunt robin

    1. Danny has done two batches for me, and we talked about eventually getting the food mill attachment for my Kitchenaid. The sieve was not that much fun to use; it slides around a lot. Next time I make applesauce, I’ll borrow your squeezo. Thanks for the offer! 🙂

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