Cooking with Farm Fresh Produce: Simple Applesauce

When life gives you organic apples needing cheering up, you make applesauce.

We are starting apple season in California. And no, I don’t mean those iProducts. Becoming a localvore, I’ve been getting a few different types of apples in my weekly fresh fruits and veggies box. For some reason, the boys didn’t gobble them all up and I had a few left of each kind and they were starting to look a little sad. So when life gives you organic apples needing cheering up, you make applesauce.

Simple Applesauce

About 4 lbs of peeled, cored and roughly cubed apples (I used about 7 medium Gala and golden delicious apples)
1 cup water
1/4 cup organic brown sugar *Optional (if you opt out of the sugar cut the lemon juice in half)
Lemon juice from 1/2 very ripe lemon
2 thumb length strips of lemon peel  (just use your peeler to get just the yellow part)
1 cinnamon stick
a pinch of salt

Drop everything in a pot and simmer away until most of the apples break down into that familiar looking applesauce texture, about 25 minutes. Stir every so often. Let cool a bit and remove lemon peel and cinnamon stick. I used a fork to mash up the last large pieces of apple that were there.  The sauce freezes well and has so many delicious uses. Remember you can use smooth applesauce in place of oil in most cakes and cupcakes.

This is such an easy recipe and I hope you try it instead of throwing those imperfect apples away. Besides, you’ll get the added benefit of having a house that smells just as delicious as the sauce tastes.


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Bethany Curran October 02, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Thanks for sharing, Kim! My kids love applesauce and so do I. I never thought of making my own, but would love to try it now that I know how easy it is :)
Bethany Curran October 02, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Also, I make applesauce cake every year around the holidays and it is delish! (I'll post the recipe if anyone wants it.) Bet it would taste even better with fresh applesauce instead of the store-bought kind.
Mayra Flores de Marcotte October 02, 2012 at 04:23 PM
This is awesome! As always, thanks for sharing Kim. I'm with Bethany. I never thought to make applesauce on my own (though my son LOVES it). You make it sound so easy. I will definitely try this out.
Kim Carney October 03, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I'd love the recipe Bethany! Post away.


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