Whether you call it applesauce, apple sauce or stewed apples, it is very easy to make. To make one cup of applesauce, you’ll need approximately 4 apples, which you have peeled, cored and cut into chunks.
Applesauce is high in pectin and is a homemade remedy for diarrhea.
The English usually eat stewed apples as a condiment with roast pork. In Germany it accompanies potato pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer). In the Netherlands, it is often eaten with fries.
Make sure you use organic apples if possible. Apples consistently top the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) annual listing of conventional foods with the most pesticide residue. You can see the full list here: EWG’s 2014 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™
You can use whatever type of apples you want to use to make applesauce. I usually use an assortment based on what I have on hand. I don’t believe the variety of apples used really matters. I’ve just made a huge batch of homemade applesauce using a mix of Fuji and Macintosh apples.
I prefer to save the very crisp apples (like HoneyCrisp) for eating raw. My grandmother used to use mostly Granny Smith apples from a beautiful Granny Smith apple tree in her yard to make stewed apples.
Homemade Applesauce (Stewed Apples)
To make one cup of applesauce, you’ll need approximately 4 fresh apples, any variety.
Peel, core and cut your apples into chunks.
Put your apple chunks into a pot, and add about 1/2 cup of water for every cup of apples, up to 1 cup of liquid, and a generous squeeze of lemon juice. Add one or two whole cloves to the pot.
Stir the apples over medium to medium-high heat. Drop the heat to low, cover the pot and let them simmer for 25 minutes or so, until soft.
Then, depending upon the consistency that you desire, you can either use a potato masher to break the apples up into a chunky texture, or puree the apples until smooth. I prefer to use my stick blender. Simple. Fast. And easy.
Bonus recipe: Apple Pie Spice Mix
4 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp all spice
2 tsp nutmeg
1.5 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cardamom
Combine all ingredients. If you make extra, store in an airtight jar.