I love the process of picking apples, peeling them, coring them, and cooking them down for homemade applesauce. It isn’t only delicious, but it is a fun project for Little Monkey and I to do together. Don’t be intimidated by the idea! Making homemade applesauce really is easy and is incredibly hard to screwup, so don’t worry, it will be good! We visited a friend’s house that has an abundance of apples and gathered what we needed.
I like to mix a variety of apples for my applesauce. I recommend having at least one sweet variety with one tart variety. For this batch I used Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, and Pippin apples. Pippin are great tart apples for pies too.
You can peel them by hand, but that can be tedious. There are 2 other options I recommend. I use this manual crank Heavy Duty Apple Peeler, Slicer & Corer. It doesn’t require any elbow grease and it is super easy to use.
The other option is the KitchenAid Spiralizer Attachment with Peel, Core and Slice. This will only work if you own a Kitchenaid stand mixer because it is an attachment for that.
5 lbs Apples peeled, cored and sliced
Juice from half a lemon
1 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
6 Red Hots (The little red cinnamon candy. They are also called Cinnamon Imperials and can be found in the sprinkles area of the baking aisle)
I learned from my grandmother that the Red Hots just add a little bit of flavor that makes the apple sauce have a delicious depth in flavor.
Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours. I love chunky homemade applesauce, but if you like it better smooth you can put it in a food processor after cooking. Freeze or can what you won’t eat right away. I like to can (jar) the extra for gifts.
Homemade applesauce brings back so many memories of being at my grandmother’s when I was little. I love to create these new memories with my daughter and hopefully she will think fondly about it when she is older as well.
So inquiring minds what to know: Do you prefer chunky or smooth apple sauce?