When I was young, and yes that was a long time ago, my grandmother and her grandkids would go to the Huber Grove and we would pick apples. She would made pies and applesauce. Oddly enough, I have never tried to make applesauce. I checked out some recipes and guess what? It was so easy!
Your family can also go pick apples at the Huber Grove, the cost is $20.00 for 8 people and goes only until the end of September. Next year let’s meet there! We have this amazing apple orchard right in our back yard.
3 pounds apples, about 6-7 large.
½ Cup water
¼ cup sugar, optional
¼ teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice or Orange Juice
¼ to ½ teaspoon cinnamon, optional
The type of apples is up to you. I used 3 Gala and 3 Honeycrisp. Pink Lady would also be good or McIntosh. Granny Smith will take a bit longer to cook. Peel and core the apples and cut into large dice.
In a large heavy pot add the ingredients. Over medium heat bring to a boil. Lower to low and simmer covered.
Check to stir to be sure you have enough water about every 10 minutes. Simmer until very tender. Check to see you if can smash. Set aside to cool a bit, about 10 minutes. Total time will be 25-30 minutes.
For chunky applesauce smash with a potato masher. For smoother applesauce use an immersion blender or a food processor. Taste to see if you would like more sugar or cinnamon.
Applesauce is delicious served warm or cold. I put a few small containers into the freezer for another day. You could also bottle this using a water bath method. I show pints should process 25 minutes at our altitude. Check out the “Ball” Website.
You need the lemon juice or orange juice to keep the apples from going brown. I have been known to love sugar, but you can easily leave it out.
Gluten Free and Dairy Free and loaded with memories.
Jan Dairy Keen