What I've Learned So Far
Most people I know ate applesauce growing up. Often out of a jar, or in individual tubs (or tubes), it's quick and easy to pack into lunches. This recipe for awesome applesauce shows you how easy it is to make this at home - using organic apples and filtered water - for a really natural, healthy treat.
When I first met my husband, he used to prefer his applesauce warm, and would put it in the microwave - what? EW! He told me his mother always made it from scratch, and would serve it as soon as she had finished, so it was still hot from the stove. Hmmmm. And then, a few years later, my wonderful mother-in-law showed me how to make it. I don't think I've purchased store applesauce since. Thank you Laurel Copeland!
In a way, I'm cheating this week because this isn't truly a recipe. It's just me passing on the knowledge of how to make applesauce. And if you've got the right kitchen tools, there's really nothing to it.
It was really amazing to watch my in-laws make applesauce. My father-in-law would take a paring knife to peel and core the apples, and then my mother-in-law would chop them and put them in the pot to cook. She actually used a spoon to mash up the apples - I used a potato masher - so you can honestly make wonderful applesauce without having to invest in anything extra (but I'm not gonna lie, having a Kitchen Aid with an attachment to help is really nice).
• What I love about making my own applesauce is that I can use any apples I like - tart, sweet, or a combination.• You can add to your finished applesauce - cinnamon is my personal fave, but I've also tried real maple syrup, cloves, apple pie spice - quite a few things. Experiment! • Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator - just like you would a jar of applesauce.