Making your own applesauce is much easier than you would think. It freezes really well, you can control the taste and it’s cheaper than store-bought.
Ontario apples are everywhere in the grocery stores right now, so take advantage of our great produce and make yourself some applesauce today! I have some stored in the freezer now for winter.
- 3 pounds of apples (You can use any mixture of sweet apples: Cortland, Golden Delicious, Gala, McIntosh, etc. Quinte apples are nice for early in the season too.)
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup water
- juice from ½ a lemon
- Chop the apple into large chunks, with the skin still on.
- Toss the apples into a large saucepan. Add the sugar and cinnamon.
- Add the water and lemon and give it a stir, combining everything together well. Bring the liquid to a boil and simmer the mixture, stirring occasionally, for 20-25 minutes. The apples should be tender and broken up.
- Run the apple chunks through the food mill, and discard the skins.
- Return to the saucepan, and simmer for another 5 minutes to thicken the sauce slightly. Adjust season with sugar, cinnamon or lemon juice.
- To freeze it, I pour it into mason jars and then pop them in the freezer without the lids on. Once it is completely frozen in a couple of hours, I screw on the lids. This prevents the liquid from expanding and bursting the glass jar.
- This applesauce is great warm or chilled. I also like to use it in recipes as a substitute for oil when I am trying to make something lighter.
To core and chop the apples, cut off all four sides around the core.
You end up with two big pieces and two small pieces.
All chopped up and ready to become sauce!
The apples should be tender and broken up.
Return to the saucepan, and simmer for another 5 minutes to thicken the sauce slightly. Adjust season with sugar, cinnamon or lemon juice.
I just love the rosy colour that you get from cooking it with the skins on.