Make Your Own Apple Sauce
…and save yourself a fortune! The lengths I went to before giving up and making my own…trying to find an unsweetened, natural, cheap apple sauce was just ridiculous. It was virtually impossible I tell you! I was either paying upwards of $15 for a jar, or would check the ingredients only to find a list as long as my arm of nasties that most certainly was not natural apple sauce.
I finally gave up and just decided to do it myself. And as it turns out, it’s actually not that hard at all! This recipe only makes 1 cup of apple sauce, so double it as you need to for however much you need.
- A medium sized saucepan
- Potato masher
- 1 Apple (of your own choosing)
- Peel your apple and remove the core. (This part is very important. I recently made some sauce and forgot to peel it like a ditz...didn't work out well)
- Slice the apple into small cubes and pop into your saucepan.
- Fill the saucepan with the smallest amount of water - enough water to barely cover the bottom of the pot. This part is very important - if you add too much it will become runny. You can keep adding water as you need to.
- Bring the water to the boil and let your apple boil down slowly, stirring occasionally. If you need to add in a bit more water, do so very carefully.
- Sniff the air and smack your chops - it smells just like apple pie!
- Using a fork, stab your apple pieces the way you do with potato to see if it's cooked yet. If it slides off, it's nearly ready for you to squash it.
- Once soft enough, use your potato masher to mush it up. Use the same motions you would as if it were potato and turn it into a puree.
Done! You can jar it and store it, although I wouldn’t recommend any longer than few days. Because it is pure apple, it will ferment a lot quicker than if it was off the shelf full of preservatives. Although, if you’re into fermentation then go for it…