Homemade Applesauce: 3 Ways

Our apple picking days are almost over here in New England. Luckily, I went a couple times this season -- first a few weeks ago as a work outing -- apple picking and local fruit wines! Yum! I ended up with tons of apples because my co-worker doesn't like apples, so she gave them to me (whaaat??? weird, right???  but it worked to my benefit!). I made tons of applesauce with these!

Me and my girl Brie! (photo courtesy of Tracy Torteson)
So pretty

Then I took the boys last week and we had so much fun picking all the different varieties. To be honest, we ate the majority of them, yup almost through 20 pounds of apples in under 2 weeks. I made one big batch of applesauce, but otherwise crunch, crunch, munch, munch -- we just enjoyed them straight up! Homemade applesauce always reminds me of the days I made baby food for the boys, but now they are the ones helping in the kitchen -- bittersweet.

A quick selfie with my goofy guys!

He takes his apple peeling VERY seriously!

Working with a little caution

This whole process is FASCINATING

Chopped and in the crockpot

Applesauce: 3 Ways

Ok, so the basics are the same -- use fresh apples, cook them, and puree them. So the main difference is just the cooking. You can either a.) steam them or b.) slow cook them.

1. Peel, core and chop into large pieces, 8-10 medium-large apples.
2. Place in:
a.) large pasta pot with steamer, fill with 3 inches of water
- bring water to a boil and steam approximately 10 minutes until apples are fork tender
b.) large microwave-safe bowl with 1/4 cup water
-microwave on high in 3 minute intervals, stirring between intervals until apples are fork tender
c.) large crock-pot
- cook on high 3-5 hours or low 4-6 hours until apples are fork tender

*Optional -- you can add 1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice while cooking

Cooking time will depend on apple variety, so watch closely!

3. Once apples are cooked, use immersion blender and puree to desired consistency. A food processor or blender works just as well, just take care if you blend while hot to crack the lid to allow steam to escape. No need for added sugar, but you can throw in some pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon . I used some with one batch, but the kids said they preferred it without.

Store in fridge for 5 days or freezer for 3 months.

Have you made applesauce before? If not, give it a whirl and you might be surprised how much better it tastes than the canned stuff!

Don't worry, I made sure to pick up some wine! Cheers!

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