A week or so ago, my boss gave me a huge crate of fresh apples. I made apple cinnamon rolls, but obviously had quite a few apples left over. It seemed like a waste not to use up all I was given, but what could I make to use up 20lbs of apples?? Luckily, my Mum has a fantastic apple sauce recipe that I was able to make and that she's letting me share with you. It can easily be refrigerated or frozen so you can have apple sauce year round. I can promise you I'll be enjoying apple sauce all winter!
Homemade Apple Sauce
Makes about 4 cups of apple sauce
For the apple sauce:
6 medium sized apples
½ cup water
½ cup granulated sugar
⅓ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
To make the apple sauce, start by peeling and dicing your apples. I made a triple batch, so don't worry that it looks like I'm making a lot more than what this recipe calls for. In a large pot, bring the apples and water to a boil, and allow to simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the apples are soft. Using a potato masher, mash the apples to break them up. Add the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and boil until the sugar dissolves (about a minute or two).
Remove the pot from the stove, and allow to cool with the lid on (this keeps the moisture locked in). The apple sauce can be packaged, and refrigerated or frozen.
I love preserving fresh fruits and vegetables to enjoy year round, and my Mum's apple sauce is a definite favorite. What's one of your favorite preserves? Join the conversation in the comments!