Ok, maybe not. But seriously, making applesauce at home is so easy it’s almost criminal to buy it.
I make applesauce every year for Hanukkah. (Why is applesauce a Hanukkah tradition? No idea, but it is.) Anyway, I make applesauce every year for Hanukkah, and every time I’m like “this is so easy, I should do it all the time!” And then I don’t.
But no longer! This year I’m resolved to make applesauce myself rather than buy it. Given how easy it is, that’s actually reasonable. Here’s how you do it.
What do you need?
- Apples. How many? However many you want. (I like to use half gala, half granny smith, but go with whatever you like best.)
- Water. How much? Depends on how many apples you use. For 8 apples I use about a quarter cup.
- A bit of lemon juice. How much? Again, depends on how many apples. For 8 apples I use half a lemon.
How do you do it?
Peel and core your apples. (Definitely get yourself one of these nifty apple peelers!) Then chop them up–it doesn’t have to be too small or even particularly even. Just give them a rough chop. Put the chopped up apples in a pot. I like my enameled cast iron for this, but it’s not necessary–any old pot will do. Add the water and lemon juice and let it simmer on low-ish heat uncovered for a while until the apples are soft. How long is a while? Like an hour. Could be shorter, can definitely be longer. Once the apples are soft, use a potato masher to mash them up. You can add cinnamon if you want. Voila! The apples are sweet enough on their own that it doesn’t even need any added sugar.
I have found that 8 apples worth of applesauce lasts 2-3 days in my house (the grown-ups eat it, too). It is basically impossible to make too much.
Next time you are at the grocery store and thinking about buying applesauce, head on over to the produce department and pick up some apples and try it out for yourself! You won’t be sorry.