In these times of continually rising grocery store prices, it’s good to know how to make some staples right at home. Applesauce is exceptionally easy to make at home. It is a great item to keep on hand, especially if you have young kids! Applesauce is also great to use as a substitute for oils or eggs in baking, when the need arises. (A quick internet search can tell you how to use applesauce as a substitute in whatever recipe you’re making!) Also, homemade applesauce is simply delicious. So, give making your own a try if you haven’t already!
Ingredients and Tools
A covered baking dish, saucepan or crock pot
A mashing tool, blender, or food processor
- Peel apples (you don’t have to, but I like the texture better if they’re peeled).
- Cut into slices off the core, making them somewhat the same size for more even cooking.
- Put into your crock pot, baking dish, or saucepan. I prefer to use my crock pot, but using the oven or stovetop works just as well.
- Add a little water and sprinkle with a little cinnamon if desired.
- Cover and cook until apples are tender. For the crockpot, you can cook on low or high; it doesn’t matter as it only changes how quickly the apples cook.
- Transfer apples and water from the crock pot into a blender or food processor for the smoothest applesauce. If you like chunkier applesauce, use a mashing tool or fork to mash the apples.
- From here your homemade applesauce is ready to eat! Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Freeze it or can it for longer storage.