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.
I chopped them up, removing the core and piled them in a large pot
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.
I let them stew, until they broke down. I kept adding juice when it seemed too thick. Be careful not to burn the apples.
I added a heaping tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice (cuz I’m lazy and it had all the right flavors)
I started to take out some of the skins, but realized I could just blend it!
After all the apples had cooked down, I blended it. Then ate the apple skins as a treat!
The immersion blender made the mixture smooth & it tasted delicious! The skins helped thicken up the sauce.
I decided to pack it all up! Cooper gets his own stash. Look at how many apples I have left!
It made a good amount when all was said and done!
Took about 40 minutes total. Not too shabby! And my house still smells applesaucey!