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Homemade Applesauce

You won't believe how much tastier homemade applesauce is!  It's so quick and easy to prepare and can totally be customized to your taste preferences.

Course Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 10 4 oz. servings

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds apples 1 lb. of apples is approximately 4 small apples, 3 medium apples, or 2 large apples
  • 1/2 or 1 cup water If preparing this in the slow cooker use 1/2 cup water and if preparing on stovetop use 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice You can also use the juice from 1/2 a lemon.
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon {optional}
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup sugar {optional} I don't like to add any sugar to mine, but you can add based on your taste preferences and variety of apple used.

Instructions

Slow Cooker Method

  1. Peel the apples if you choose {see post for more details}.

  2. Core the apples and slice into eight pieces. Place in the slow cooker and toss with the lemon juice.


  3. Optional: Add in the cinnamon and/or sugar and stir to combine.
  4. Add in  1/2 cup water and combine all ingredients.

  5. Cover with the slow cooker lid and heat on high for 3-4 hours until the apples are softened.  

  6. Mash lightly with a fork or potato masher for a more textured, chunkier applesauce.  If you prefer a smoother applesauce, allow it to cool and then puree it in a food processor or blender until it reaches your desired consistency.  Be careful not to over process.  If using a blender, you will need to puree in batches filling it up only half way.  Eat immediately or store in a covered container in the fridge.

Stovetop Method

  1. Peel {if you choose}, slice and core the apples.  Cut the apples into 1 inch cubes.

  2. Place the apples in a large pot and toss with apple juice.  Stir in the cinnamon and/or sugar if you choose.  Add 1 1/2 cups water and combine all ingredients.

  3. Heat on high and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low and simmer (covered) for approximately 20-30 minutes or until the apples are very tender and the skins are softened.  Stir frequently to ensure that the apples don't stick to the bottom of the pot. You can add more water if necessary.

  4. Mash with a fork or potato masher for a chunkier applesauce or allow it to cool and puree it in a blender or food processor for a smoother sauce.  Be careful not to over process. If using a blender, you will need to puree in batches filling it up only half way.