Guys. HOW have I gone my entire life without knowing how simple it is to make a delicious homemade applesauce?
When I saw that a rather large bunch of apples in our kitchen hadn’t been touched and were about to go a soft, I knew I had to act fast so they wouldn’t go to waste. Applesauce is something I’ve wanted to try to make for awhile now, but have always gotten a little intimidated, thinking it *has* to be harder than it sounds.
Uh, wrong. It’s so easy! After a bit of research, here’s how I decided to make my no-sugar-added cinnamon applesauce.
Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce
Makes a little over two 16 oz. jars worth
- 3 lbs. apples (8-10 large apples or about 12-15 medium – enough to fill your crockpot)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Dash of nutmeg
1. Chop the apples. Don’t worry about cutting them down too much, you’ll be mashing them later.
2. Combine the apples, water, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a crock pot.
3. Heat on low setting for 4 hours (or high for about 2 hours.) I only stirred once about halfway through and once near the end.
4. When the time is up, turn off the crock pot. Use an immersion blender (or a regular blender, working in batches) to blend the softened apples to desired consistency. I like mine a little chunky, but you can blend as much as you like. You can also mash with a potato masher, or fork, or whatever else you’ve got on hand! Don’t forget to try a little sample when you’re done mashing, while it’s still warm. So good!
5. The finished product can be stored in a container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or stored in the freezer for later.
A few things to note. First, I used a mix of Gala apples and Fuji, but feel free to get creative – use and mix up whatever you have on hand!
Second, I did not peel my apples before placing them in the crock pot, for the added fiber benefits. (Or if we’re telling it like it really is, because I was feeling lazy.) The skins soften and blend in when all is said and done, but you’re more than welcome to peel yours first!
And third – and most importantly – be prepared for your whole house to smell like apples and spice… seriously, the best part!
For an easy fall-time gift, pour the applesauce into pretty jars and tie a little note with some ribbon or twine around the top. Easy peasy!