Tasty Tuesday: Homemade Applesauce

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When life gives you apples, make applesauce! It’s apple season, so take advantage of local You-Pick orchards, buy them fresh at a farmer’s market, or just find a good deal at the store! There’s just something about homemade applesauce….it tastes so much better than store bought and it’s better for you too! Store bought apple sauce has a lot of added sugar and preservatives. I love knowing exactly what my family is eating and that it’s healthy for them!

Apples are a great source of fiber and vitamin C. The flavonoids in apples reduce inflammation, regulate blood pressure, reduce excessive fat production in liver cells and lower your risk of heart disease. The soluble fiber in apples lowers your risk of heart disease by decreasing your bad cholesterol levels. Studies have shown the pectin in apples is a natural appetite suppressant, making them a great way to curb your appetite.

Applesauce makes a great healthy snack for kids and adults and it can be used as a substitute for oil in your baking recipes.

Applesauce is seriously so easy to make yourself and can for your family’s use throughout the year. You don’t need any fancy ingredients, tools, or special knowledge. Just follow these easy steps!

  1. Pick your apples. I like red apples for applesauce because they tend to be sweeter.img_7496 You can choose to either peel your apples or leave the skins on. Then just core your apples and cut them into chunks. Keep in mind about 6-8 medium apples will make 1 quart of applesauce.

2. Place apple chunks in a pot on the stove with about 1 cup of water per every 8 apples. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. Boil for 5-7 minutes.

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3. When apples are tender, remove pot from heat and use potato masher to mash apples to desired consistency. For a smoother applesauce, you can put the contents of your pot into the blender. If your applesauce is too thick, you can add water until you reach the right consistency. I try to get mine to be a little runnier than pudding. During this step, you can also  add your sugar or cinnamon. Personally, I don’t add anything to my applesauce. Homemade applesauce is already pretty sweet, and the sauce will continue to sweeten as it sits on the shelf. I’d rather add cinnamon or maybe a natural sweetener to individual servings if I feel like I need it later on.

4. Once your applesauce is at the consistency you want, pour sauce into clean, sterilized jars and put on the lids and rings.

5. In a large stock pot with a lid, bring water to a boil. Once boiling, add jars of applesauce.

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Make sure water covers the tops of your jars. Put the lid on your stockpot and process your jars in boiling water for 20 minutes. Remove jars from water to cool on the counter top. As jars cool, the lids should “pop” indicating they are sealed. Sometimes it can take several hours for the lids to pop. If you press down on the tops of your lids and it gives/ makes a popping sound, your jar is not sealed. You can try processing in boiling water again, or just put the jar in your fridge to use in the next few days.

And that’s it! Now you have homemade applesauce to enjoy throughout the year!

For my recipe for strawberry applesauce, click HERE!

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