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.
- 8-9 medium apples
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ¼ cup water
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ 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 ¾ 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.