Make your own Homemade Applesauce with fresh picked apples, sugar and spices. The best part is you can make it chunky or smooth, just the way you like it.
Homemade Applesauce is so easy to make at home, yet I can’t believe I haven’t made it here for you on the blog after all of this time! Mainly because when we do venture out to go apple picking, we wind up making apple pie, apple crisp (which is another recipe I have to eventually share with you!), apple chips or just eat them on their own and before we know it there are no more apples left. So when I had taken pork chops out for dinner one evening recently, I decided to make some applesauce to go with it.
For those of you old enough to remember (or watch reruns), every time I hear the word “pork chop”, I can’t help but think of that scene from the Brady Bunch where Peter Brady is trying to impersonate Humphrey Bogart and says they are having “Pork Chops and Applesauce” for dinner. Here, check it out for yourself if you’ve never seen it, but it cracks me up every time. I know, a little corny, but I’m a product of the 70’s and watched a lot of tv back in the day.
Anyway, back to this Homemade Applesauce. For this recipe all you need are apples, lemon juice, water, sugar, salt, cinnamon and my special added touch, vanilla extract; which really adds a nice touch. I used Cortland apples for this recipe; however, McIntosh or Honeycrisp would work well also. Simply core and peel your apples, place all of the ingredients into a large pot and simmer for 20-30 minutes. You may need to adjust your sugar depending on how tart your apples are. Start with 1/4 cup of sugar and add more as necessary. I have to say this batch of applesauce didn’t last very long at all. Not only did we enjoy it with our baked, breaded pork chops that night, we ate it ‘as is’ for a snack that week as well. ~Enjoy!
- 4 lbs . Apples cored and peeled
- 1 c . Water
- 2 tbsp . Lemon Juice
- c +/- ½ . Sugar
- Pinch of Salt
- 1 tsp . Ground Cinnamon
- ½ tsp . Vanilla Extract
- Core and peel the apples; then cut them into uniform chunks and place in a large pot.
- Add the water, lemon juice, sugar, salt, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Mix well.
- Bring the contents to a boil over high heat; then reduce heat, cover pot and simmer 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally until the apples are soft.
- Mash the apples with a potato masher or a fork and allow to cool. Refrigerate up to 4 days in an airtight container.