Think making your own applesauce is difficult? Think again.
Not only is making applesauce easy, it’s also a great way to relieve stress. Yes, stress. The repetitive motion of peeling apples is calming and chopping and mashing can be satisfying, especially on a challenging day.
The best part, you don’t really need any special equipment. Just follow these easy steps:
- Choose a mix of apples. According to Mike Biltonen of Red Jacket Orchards, the apples you want depend upon your palette and preferences. If you like a smoother sauce, choose McIntosh apples because they easily cook down. If you prefer more texture, choose Cortland apples. For sweet sauces, choose Empire, Gala or Fuji apples. He prefers to mix up a variety of these apples for a sauce balanced by tart and sweet.
- Decide how much applesauce you want to make (3 to 4 pounds of apples per quart of applesauce)
- Wash the apples in cold water
- Peel the apples using a vegetable peeler or knife
- Chop the apples using a knife, apple corer or apple segmenter
- Cook the apples on high heat in a thick-bottomed pot using about 1-inch of water. When the water starts to boil, turn the heat to medium until the apples are soft throughout
- Mash the apples to your liking, then let cool
Making homemade applesauce is easy, fun and during hard times – gratifying. Plus, after your “therapy session” you’re left with a delicious, all-natural treat. There’s nothing like a little kitchen therapy to lift your spirits and rev your appetite!
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