Another snow storm is making its way through Illinois, what’s another 5 to 8 inches anyways? Snow storms set off my inner urge to cook and bake and today I thought I’d try homemade applesauce. Lately I have been looking at labels in the grocery store to see what ingredients I need to make my own versions at home. Well, if you look at the labels of most salad dressings, sauces, breads, and so on, you will notice a lot of ingredients that you have never seen on grocery store shelves. This applesauce is all natural, (no added sugar or preservatives), requires only 3 ingredients, is so easy to make, and tastes so great that you will probably never buy it at the grocery store again. Would also make a great baby food!
5 lbs Golden Delicious Apples
2 cinnamon sticks
Peel and Core 5 lbs of Golden Delicious apples and place them in a large sauce pan. Then go to your faucet and add about 2 inches of water.
Over high heat bring water to a boil.
Add cinnamon sticks. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.
After an hour, your apples will soften and there will be an increased amount of liquid in the pot.
With a spoon, stir the apples. They will break down and become a chunky sauce. Remove the cinnamon sticks. If you like chunky apple sauce you can stop here.
Warning: when you try the mixture when it is piping hot it will not taste as flavorful, so do not feel inclined to add sugar, wait until it cools down a little bit and it will taste perfect.
I prefer a smoother applesauce, if you are feeding this to a baby you will want to smooth it out as well. Make sure you remove the cinnamon sticks and pour the applesauce into a blender. Blend until desired consistency.
Pour the applesauce into jars and enjoy!