Thursday, July 9, 2009

Thrifty Thursday: Make Your Own Applesauce

I guess the most frugal way to make applesauce is if you have apple trees growing on your property. However, if you don't, and you happen to have some apples that are getting past their prime, this is a great way to make use of them. If you are using a sweet variety, like Red or Yellow Delicious, then you won't even need to add sugar!

There are a couple of ways to make applesauce, I'll give you the two basic methods, stovetop and slow cooker. There are also varied opinions on whether or not to peel and core the apples. Some people do and other don't. If you choose not to peel and core, you will need to push the finished product through a sieve to eliminate the seeds and skin.

Peel and core the apples, then cut into quarters for small apples, eighths for large apples. Put the core and peels in your compost pile or throw them out for the birds. You can eat the peels if you like!

Put one inch of water in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Fill the saucepan with apples,cover with lid, and turn the flame on high. When the mixture is really going turn the flame down to medium high and cook until the apples are soft. If you used a sweet variety you will not need to add sugar. After removing from heat, add cinnamon and mash with a potato masher. You can also run the mixture through a blender or food processor. Add sugar if desired.

Add 8-10 peeled and cored apples to the crock along with 1/2 cup of water and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. If you are using a less sweet variety or just enjoy your applesauce on the sweeter side, add 1/2 to 1 cup sugar. You can always add sugar and spices after your applesauce has finished cooking.  Cook on low for 7-8 hours. 

I'm not going to give you any advice on how to can your applesauce. Years ago a method was used to can produce that is no longer considered safe. Therefore, follow the manufacturer's directions for your canning equipment for best results. 

The University of Minnesota Extension has a page on Safe Home Canning here. Additionally, here is the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning from Penn State.

If you aren't interested in making a huge batch of applesauce for canning, etc, and if you are someone that prefers a solid recipe with measurements, here's one that will yield 4 servings:

Homemade Applesauce

4 medium apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

In heavy bottomed saucepan over medium high heat, combine all ingredients. Cover pot and cook for several minutes until the mixture gets going, then reduce heat to medium for 15-20, or until the apples are soft. Let the mixture cool then mash.

Now that you have made your applesauce, you'll probably be looking for ways to use it or enjoy it. Here are some recipes to help you with that!

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1 comment:

  1. AnonymousJuly 09, 2009

    One of my favourite desserts, applesauce!



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