Homemade Apple Sauce
There is a small family owned orchard just up the road from where we live. Browns Orchard has been there a very long time. When I was a child, my parents would take my brothers, cousins and I there to pick apples and take hayrides through the apple orchard. The orchard has grown a bit since then. Besides apples, now a days it offers the very best in fresh produce, homemade foods and gifts and of coarse apples. Lots and lots of different kinds of apples! I still go there often and in the fall I buy apples to make apple sauce. If you have never made your own apple sauce you are in for a treat. It is not only delicious, but it is so easy to make. I like to use several types of apples to make the sauce. I think it gives a better flavor. I hope you give this recipe a try. It’s one of my favorite things to make. Oh and your kitchen will smell wonderful!!
--4 pounds assorted apples, such as Golden Delicious, Gala, Honeycrisp or McIntosh, cored and chopped. (I leave the peels on mine but you can peel them if you would like.)
--1 Cup Apple Juice. (you can use water- Add ¼ cup of sugar if you use water)
--½ teaspoon Salt
--1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
--¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Put the Apple Juice (or water and Sugar), salt and apples in a large sized stock pot. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Lower heat to Medium low and continue cooking for 18 to 20 minute or until the apples are very tender.
Stir in the lemon juice and the ground sugar and allow to cool.
Using a immersion blender, puree the apples until it is smooth and to the texture that you like. ( you can do this part in a regular blender. Only fill the blender half full and puree the apples in small batches.)
Transfer the apple sauce to a bowl and chill it in the refrigerator until ready to eat. I like to add a bit more cinnamon to the top before serving. You can freeze any leftover. I freeze mine in quart sized freezer bags for up to 6 months.