Homemade Applesauce

homemade applesauce

Matt didn’t want a cake for his birthday this week (we’re trying to be super healthy!), so instead Q and I made him homemade applesauce, which is one of his favorites.

It’s a fitting dish for this time of year; tis the season for apples!  This is a super easy recipe and one of my favorites to make and can.  And as always, it helps to have the cutest 4-yr old sous chef ever…he makes sure it comes out just right.

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Homemade Applesauce

3-4 lbs of peeled, cubed apples

4 tbsp lemon juice

1 cinnamon stick

1/4c. dark brown sugar

1/4 c. white sugar

1 c. water

1/2 tsp salt

nutmeg to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a large pot; cover and bring to a boil.  Lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat, discard cinnamon stick, mash with a potato masher to desired consistency.

Can freeze for up to 1 year.

As always, I use organic ingredients wherever possible. 

This is one of those recipes that makes your whole house smell good as you cook it, which is such a bonus.  I was hoping that I’d be able to can the leftovers and use it for school snacks this month, but there were no leftovers!  That’s a good sign of a well-loved recipe, but now I need to get more apples and make a big double- or triple batch so we have some to put up.

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