You don’t peel the apples?!
No, I don’t peel the apples! That’s the secret to easy homemade applesauce. Peeling the apples is time consuming and strips the final product of valuable fiber and vitamins. Skip it!
To make homemade applesauce, simply wash a whole lot of apples. Slice them into chunks, making sure to cut out any bad spots. I move faster with my apple wedger, but if a paring knife is your friend, do what works for you!
Fill your largest stock pot full to the brim with sliced apples. Mix about ½ cup of lemon juice with about 1½ cups of water, and pour it over the top.
Put the lid on and cook the apples on medium heat until they are soft. 30-45 minutes, maybe?
Once the apples are soft, I attack them with my immersion blender for a few minutes until smooth. The peels are soft and really do “disappear” into the sauce. If you don’t have an immersion blender, just scoop them a few cups at a time into your blender. Give ’em a quick pulse and you’ll have applesauce.
I’m not a canner, so once the applesauce cools, I scoop it 3 cups to a quart bag, flatten and freeze.
We prefer natural, no sugar applesauce, and find it to be plenty sweet, but feel free to add sweetener and/or cinnamon to yours! For chunkier applesauce, mash the apples with a potato masher or simply blend for a shorter amount of time.
Applesauce can be made in the crock pot, also. Follow the exact same process, but cook the apples for several hours or overnight.