What you’ll need: Apples, Vanilla, Sugar, Cinnamon (optional), crock pot and/or stock pot(s), spatula, large spoon, food mill and a bowl it can sit on top of, an extra bowl and freezer storage containers
Here are my tips to making your own best Applesauce:
- Buy Apples 🙂 hardy har, I know, but this is the most important step, the combination of apples can make or break your sauce. I seem to like the combination of mostly Red Delicious, Gala and Rome, but try out your own. I’ve found with this combination I don’t need to add as much sugar in the end, again personal taste, but think about the sweetness of your apples and how sweet you like your sauce.
- Peal off any stickers on your apples, remove their stems and give them all a good washing
- Put the whole apples in your crock pot and or your biggest stock pot, don’t fill your pots too high, you’ll need to stir later
- Add enough water to cover the bottom of your pot, to help keep the apples from burning, place your lids on top and your pots on the heat
- Turn the heat to low or between a 3 and a 4 on the stove.
- Last thing you want is to burn your apples, low heat will help, but don’t forget to stir your apples.
- Keep stirring occasionally until your apples get mushy. Depending on how many apples you have in the pot and the type of apples this step could take an hour to several hours.
- Once you have apple mush you can take your pot off the heat, but keep the lid on, you want your sauce still warm when you add the sugar.
- Grab a spatula, keep that big spoon you were using to stir your apples, a food mill and a bowl it can sit on top of, an extra bowl and freezer storage containers
- Place a couple of scoops of apple mush into your food mill and turn the crank. Don’t forget to turn counter-clock-wise every now and then. Once you’ve gotten out all the sauce you can get, use the spatula to scrap the underside of the food mill and then scoop out the pulp into your extra bowl.
- Repeat the previous step until your bowl is full of sauce.
- Stir in vanilla and sugar to your liking, remember you can always add more, but you can’t take it out. You can also add some cinnamon at this point too if you want.
- Once you’ve got your sauce doctored to your liking divide it into your freezer containers. Do not add the lid to your containers until your sauce has cooled and then don’t forget to put your containers in the freezer.
- Repeat steps 10-13 until all your apple mush is officially your own best applesauce and all but one is in the freezer.
- Now go eat and enjoy some of the very best applesauce, your own