Every year we make applesauce and preserve it by canning or freezing. Applesauce is a great way to use up older apples in the fridge to add a quick side dish to dinner. It’s super easy to make a small batch. A bit time consuming, but easy and very much worth it.
8 cups chopped apples
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1/2 tbsp nutmeg
1/3 cup white sugar
1 cup water
- Peel, chop and rinse apples.
2. Place apples in large 8 qt. kettle on low-medium or medium heat. (If you tend to stay right at the stove while you cook medium heat is fine. If you tend to walk away and lose track of what you’re suppoused to be doing keep it on low-medium. Trust me. I have walked away more than once…)
3. Pour in 1 cup of water.
4. Add sugar.
5. Add cinnamon
6. Add nutmeg
7. Stir until everything is mixed well.
8. Put the cover on and let cook for about 20 minutes stirring frequently.
And if you’re lucky enough you’ll have one of these awesome potholders Kaitlyn made in order to raise money for summer camp two years ago.
9. When the apples are soft, use a potato masher to mash them. If you prefer a smoother texture put the apples in a blender, Ninja or use an immersion blender to make it as smooth as you like. We like chunky applesauce so the potato masher works just fine.
“Someone gave me some apples. Do you want them?” A friend asked.
“Yes!” I told her.
Last night was spent a making and canning applesauce. 4 hours worth of peeling, chopping, rinsing, canning, peeling, chopping, rinsing, canning, peeling, chopping, rinsing, canning, and cleaning up.