Friday, January 13, 2012

Easy Homemade Applesauce

When I started this blog, my goal was to share easy recipes that a mommy could make on a mommy schedule.  I'm a huge believer of taking one day out of the week/month/or year and stock up on a bunch of the same things.  Who has time to make applesauce from scratch every time your kids want it. 

Another goal of mine, is to make recipes dishes using tools that are usually found in a mommy's kitchen. When I think of making applesauce, I think of using that big machine and a sticky mess everywhere. I don't have one of those, nor do I know anyone that does.  So, here is a simple way to make it in your very own kitchen, and your kids can help! All you need is a pot and a blender.  If you have one of those apple peeler gadgets, those are wicked awesome and will speed up the process by leaps and bounds!

Easy Homemade Applesauce

15-20 Fuji Apples (or other sweet apple)
1 cup sugar
¼ tsp salt
4 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1 cup water

Peel, core and slice apples.  pour into a pot with one cup water.  Over medium heat, steam the apples until soft and tender.  Allow apples to cool so that you don't have This happen. Transfer apples, reserving the liquid, to a blender. Add in sugar, salt, lemon juice and cinnamon if desired. Blend until creamy, adding liquid to the desired consistency.  Eat right away or pour into a quart jar for preserving.

To preserve: pour applesauce into a quart jar. Wipe down rim and put on lids. Boil in a Water Bath for 20 minutes.  The time is the same for pints and quarts.  Remove the jars from the Water Bath and allow them to cool on a towel for up to 24 hours. 

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