Through My Kitchen Window – Applesauce Fix

When making your own applesauce, both sweet and sour apples are an option. Stock image.
When making your own applesauce, both sweet and sour apples are an option. Stock image.

Im pretty positive weve run out of applesauce. Last month I was unsure. But now Im positive. My freezer inventory sheet claims that three containers are still in my deep freezer. But they cant be found. I suspect my husband went freezer diving for a late night treat.

This is akin to a crisis in my house. We love applesauce. Correction. We love homemade applesauce. Its a necessary side to cake. An excellent substitute for syrup on pancakes. And a great frosty snack straight from the freezer.

Luckily, applesauce is super easy to make. And yes, you can do it without a Victorian strainer or food mill. Look at this. I call it my applesauce fix recipe.

10-Minute Applesauce

Adapted from a recipe by Alton Brown


Yield: 1 quart

6 apples

1 cup apple cider or juice

2 Tb butter

2 Tb honey (optional)

-1 tsp cinnamon

You can use any variety of sweet or sour apples. Peel, core, and chop them. Mix the apples, juice, butter, honey, and cinnamon in a saucepan or microwave safe bowl.

In the saucepan, bring the apples to a simmer, reduce to low and cook until soft. In the microwave, cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap leaving one corner open, and microwave 10 minutes.

Transfer the soft apples to a blender and puree, or coarsely mash with a potato masher. Serve hot or cold.

Options: Leave the apple skins on for a healthier (and chunkier) applesauce. Skip the pureeing and call them stewed apples. Substitute brown sugar for the honey. Add a few Tbs of cognac or brandy. Substitute plums or strawberries for one of the apples.

At some point in the next month, I will dig out the Victorian strainer attachment to my Kitchen Aid (so handy) and buy several bushels of apples. It will take slightly longer than 10 minutes, and be a lot messier but the freezer full of applesauce is worth it.

If you are interested in freezing or water bath canning applesauce, I suggest you search online for step-by-step instructions. The internet has a myriad of recipes and ideas to provide an applesauce fix.

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