I am so excited to share today’s post from my older sister, Heather. She and her husband are phenomenal cooks and they enjoy cooking together (isn’t that sweet?). They live with their three children in the Washington D.C. area. (Did you know Aimée and I actually met while our husbands were in grad school, and we were living out near my sister?) Anyway, Heather had a splendid idea for this applesauce post. So without further adieu, I’ll let Heather take it away…
I love Fall! I remember my mom buying apples by the box and making homemade applesauce by the crockpot full. It was delicious! She really didn’t put much in it besides cinnamon, and that smell throughout the house was always enough to make me want some.
As I started my own family and saw apple prices drop seasonally, I couldn’t help remembering and yearning for some homemade applesauce. One year I was at the library with my daughter and saw the picture book Applesauce Season displayed on the shelf. I couldn’t help myself and brought it home.
Then I read it. Oh, my! It perfectly describes what I want in my home. Now, I don’t buy apples by the box, and my applesauce may only be in a large pot, but we start our own Applesauce Season sometime in September as the apple prices fall and Autumn’s coolness is setting in. I love going to the store and buying various types of apples and taking them home to turn into yummy, bubbly applesauce.
I have a reminder setup in my calendar for the first week in September, to check out the book and we read it again and again. It’s our tradition.
I am not the only one who looks forward to this time of the year. I mentioned Applesauce Season the other day as I looked at the grocery ads and my five-year-old daughter looked up and said, “Are you going to get the book Mom?” Yes! It’s important to her too. You know, this year I think I’m just going to buy the book!
My favorite part about making applesauce is that you don’t really even need a recipe. I usually just wing it, but I’ve provided some guidelines below for those who are new to the process. It really is so easy and kids can help at almost every stage.
How To Make Homemade Applesauce
3-6 lbs. apples depending on pan size., more varieties adds more flavor
1-2 C liquid
cinnamon, to taste
sugar, to taste
pinch to dash of salt
Wash your apples then peel and cut into smaller pieces (remember to remove the seeds). Fill your heavy saucepan (or large pot), depending on batch size. After adding the liquid, cover and cook on medium until apples are completely soft — 20-30 minutes. Remove from heat, take lid off and let cool.
Next mash up your warm apples. The method of mashing will determine the texture of your sauce. Using a hand masher will create a chunkier sauce. Alternatively, using an immersion blender or counter-top blender will create a smoother sauce. Add cinnamon and sugar to your liking. Sauce will thicken as it cools. Enjoy warm or cold. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.0