Every holiday when I was growing up our table always had applesauce. When I was really young my grandmother made it from scratch herself. Nothing store bought can ever come close to the flavor of a homemade applesauce recipe. While it may seem like a daunting task to make your own, its actually pretty simple. Once you know the basics you can change up the flavors any way you want! Don't believe me? Just watch the video!
Follow these simple steps for the best Homemade Applesauce Recipe:
Step 1 || Heat the liquid, sugar, and spices over low heat until the sugar is dissolved.
Step 2 || Core, peel, and slice the apples.
Step 3 || Add the apples to the liquid ingredients and increase the heat until simmering.
Step 4 || Cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until the apples are completely broken down.
Step 5 || Mash the apples with a fork or potato masher for chunky applesauce or blend until smooth in a blender.
Step 6 || Homemade applesauce can be refrigerated for a week to ten days; it can also be frozen or canned for longer-term storage.
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How to Make Homemade Applesauce
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- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 45 mins
- Yield: 8-10 ½ cup servings 1x
- Category: sides
- Method: stovetop
- Cuisine: kid-friendly
- 2 cups apple cider
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 vanilla bean, split or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional
- 12 Fuji apples, about 4 ½ pounds
- In a large heavy bottomed stick pot combine the apple cider, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon if using over low heat. (If using cinnamon, you may need to use a whisk to compete incorporate it into the liquid.)
- Peel, core and slice apples into uniform slices, about ¼ inch thick. Add the apples into the warmed cider mixture and turn the heat up to medium. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes until the apples are falling apart when pressed with the back of the spoon. When cooked through you can mash with a fork or potato masher for a chunkier paste or allow to cool slightly and blend in the food processor until smooth.
- Serving Size: ½ cup
- Calories: 170
- Sugar: 30.9 g
- Sodium: 278.2 mg
- Fat: 0.8 g
- Carbohydrates: 41.1 g
- Protein: 0.9 g
- Cholesterol: 0.3 mg
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What are the health benefits of apples?
The apple, especially with the skin left on, is packed with necessary nutrients that reduce risks of heart disease and diabetes and improve gut heath. The high fiber and water content in apples can also help with weight loss because they are so filling.
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