Have you ever had one of those weeks where you just can’t seem to get your act together? Really? Awesome. That makes me feel better. I think that it was the one day of rain that we had this week that has made me want to sit on the couch reading magazines and watching Lifetime movies all day. Except that we don’t get Lifetime. We don’t even have cable. Maybe just magazines. And my Kindle. I digress.
What I do want to do is share something life changing with you. You ready? Apple sauce is really easy to make. And, wait for it…. it is a thousand times better than the stuff that they put in jars! No offense to Motts. Seriously. Homemade apple sauce is so good and so easy and just plain wholesome. It makes me feel all Laura Ingalls Wilder.
There are a few things that I think make my apple sauce better than the jarred variety.
1. I use a variety of apples. Organic ones.
2. I add some vanilla bean paste at the end.
3. I leave some texture in it.
I don’t think that my dad reads my blog, but if he does Happy Birthday! If you see him around town, wish him a Happy Birthday from me.
about 5 pounds of peeled apples (I used organic Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, Granny Smith and whatever else was in my fridge)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
In a large pot, add the apples, water, sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
Let the apples cook over medium to low heat until the apples are soft. About 20 minutes.
Add the vanilla bean paste and the lemon juice.
You can either put the apples in a food mill, food processor, or use my weapon of choice. A potato masher. I like my apple sauce to have some chunks. It is a personal preference.
Looks pretty wholesome doesn’t it? Give it a taste. You can add more sugar if you like a sweeter sauce. I like a medium sweet sauce, but I like a lot of lemon and cinnamon. It is your sauce, make it exactly like you like it.
I made this apple sauce to accompany a roast pork. It was perfect with it. I sent my friend Corey home with a jar and she and her kiddos ate it for breakfast the next morning slathered on some Van’s Belgian Waffles. Sounds pretty tasty, no?
Now that I have shared how easy making your own applesauce is, I am headed back to my couch and the new Martha Stewart Living. Who am I kidding? My bed calls.