Homemade Applesauce

The internet has been filled with people’s weekend excursions to apple farms!  I’ve looked at countless pictures of people picking apples, getting apple pies, and cider doughnuts…. It has made me SOO jealous. I WANT TO PICK APPLES! I want fresh doughnuts and apple cider!

So I had a little conversation with my neighbor today. (The neighbor that gives us  peas, butternut squash, tomatoes, APPLES, etc.)   Somehow I charmed her into giving me a whole flat of apples out of a conversation about her deck remodel!  I promised her that I would applesauce RIGHT AWAY.

I wasn’t kidding.  I immediately got into the kitchen and plugged away.

And this is what I came up with!  I must admit, I’ve never followed an actual applesauce recipe.  I just remember what my mom taught me as a kid when we picked apples from my Grandma’s house.  Oh man, I remember that smell!  We were always soo delighted to eat warm applesauce as kids.

When making applesauce, I live by the *taste as you go code.*  It turned out perfectly!  Because  I can’t sit here and write it out,  I figure that I’ll just show you.

Let’s get started!

I started out with a huge bowl of apples.  I think there were at least 12 in there.

apples from neighbors

I chopped them up, removing the core and piled them in a large pot

apple chop

Over medium heat, I added some unfiltered apple juice to the apples.  I bet there was about 2 1/2 cups when all was said & done.

adding liquid

I let them stew, until they broke down.  I kept adding juice when it seemed too thick. Be careful not to burn the apples.

apple stewage

I added a heaping tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice (cuz I’m lazy and it had all the right flavors)

adding pumpkin spice

I started to take out some of the skins, but realized I could just blend it!

apple peels

After all the apples had cooked down, I blended it. Then ate the apple skins as a treat!

blending applesauce

The immersion blender made the mixture smooth & it tasted delicious!  The skins helped thicken up the sauce.

transferring

I decided to pack it all up!  Cooper gets his own stash.  Look at how many apples I have left!

making some for coop

It made a good amount when all was said and done!

the fruits of my labor

Took about 40 minutes total. Not too shabby!   And my house still smells applesaucey!

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  • erin e woot

    What will you do with the rest?
    Peels=fiber!
    Lucky Cooper. I want to be your kid, if I can’t be your neighbor…
    Yp.

  • Stacy

    Yummy I love homemade apple sauce! I use Cinnamon Vanilla in place of the pie spice you used. I love the addition of that hint of vanilla.

  • Rose

    Beautiful! What a great use for fresh apples 😀

  • codfish

    Wow! You have a lot of apples! I love to make granny-smith applesauce with candied ginger and a touch of brown sugar, if that sparks your interest for the leftover stash. :)

  • The Duo Dishes

    You should put this in jars and send it to us in LA. We’ll receive it gladly and eat it in huge bowls with big spoons. It will make us so happy!

    It was great to meet you this weekend in SF. You have a beautiful blog, and it’s very entertaining. A little window into your life. :)

  • Tracy

    sooo nice to meet you too! thank you thank you! i should send you some…as I have too much in my fridge right now 😉

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