We eat applesauce almost every day mixed with plain yogurt. Several years ago when I started looking at labels I picked up a jar of your Big Name regular applesauce and it has several ingredients: Apples, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water and Ascorbic Acid.
Wait, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP???
That's on my poison list, we don't eat that.
So I pick up the store brand and it's the exact same list of ingredients.
I was able to find an organic applesauce at a health food store that was acceptable. The list of ingredients was knocked in half: Apples, Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C).
Then in a pinch I decided to make my own with a bag of apples that we already had. So I gave it a try and guess what:
Another recipe with only one ingredient:
One bag of sweet, organic Gala apples and some kiddos to help with our little creation and
|One Dozen, or more sweet apples like: Gala, Fuji, Braeburn, Honeycrisp etc)|
Rinse them thoroughly. I soaked mine in a vinegar and water mixture for
|Cut and Core the apples, I used a Pampered Chef apple slicer. We didn't peel|
the apples. Some of the skins may still be in the applesauce after you blend but we
don't mind a little bit of it. You can peel them if you want.
|Cook the apples into the slowcooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours. You|
can also bake the apples on 350 in a covered baking dish for a couple of hours
in about a cup of water keep an eye on them so they don't burn!
|When the apples are done they should be very mushy when poked with a|
fork or spoon. For added flavor we put a vanilla bean in the pot. You can add
|Let the apples cool. Blend them with a stick or stand blender. If you don't|
have one, you can use an old-fashioned potato masher.
|Spoon the applesauce into jars with tight fitting lids. It will keep in your|
refrigerator about 7 days. It never lasts that long around here ;). 12 apples will
yield about 3 cups of applesauce.
|They love it when it's still warm ;)|
I hope you will try this simple recipe and then let me know how it worked for you!