Can you believe that I had never made applesauce until last week? My mom made it when we were little, my mother-in-law makes it every year, but I had never tried making it on my own. And the main reason is because I don’t have a food mill. What’s a food mill, you ask? It’s a pretty neat contraption that allows you to easily puree foods. A handle and some discs make it easy to grind the food down and make the puree thinner or thicker according to your preference.
Anyway, I don’t have a food mill. But, I started thinking that I could probably do what I did when I made baby food for my boys: Just use a fine mesh strainer and a large spoon. So I tried it, and it did require a little more elbow grease, but it made the smoothest, most delicious applesauce I’ve ever had. It was worth the little bit of extra work. If you don’t own a food mill, don’t let that stop you! This applesauce is so good, and you won’t want the store bought version after you taste this recipe.
I used organic Gala apples, and was happy with the taste – they are not too tart. You can use whatever apples you want, but you may have to adjust the amount of sugar to your taste.
Cozy Cinnamon Applesauce.
- 8-9 medium apples
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 Tablespoon sugar
Core the apples and slice into large chunks. Place in a large pot with the water and lemon juice.
Cook over medium heat until soft, about 40 minutes.
Place a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl and put about 3/4 cup of the cooked apples in the strainer. Using the back of a large metal spoon, mash the apples against the strainer, forcing the puree through into the bowl.
Periodically scrape the puree off the underside of the strainer into the bowl.
Remove the peels as the accumulate in the strainer, and add more apples. Repeat the process.
Once all the apples are pureed, add the cinnamon and sugar and stir.
Enjoy immediately or store in the refrigerator.
Makes about two cups.
See, it couldn’t be easier! If you have a food mill, that will simplify the process even more.
What have you been making with apples lately?
This post is part of my series: 31 Days of Gluten, Dairy, and Egg Free Soups, Salads, Sides & Sweets.