Making applesauce is so stupidly easy. There really is no good excuse to buy it at the store, unless you can’t get apples where you are, or don’t have a stovetop, crock pot, or even a hot plate for christssake.
Also, if you continue to cook down your applesauce, you’ll be making apple butter. I’ve never done this, but I plan on trying it shortly.
I’ve tried different ratios of liquids to apples but have found about 3-4 apples about a pound and 1/4 cup of liquid. It’s a good thick sauce.
I’ve made it in the past using apple cider instead of water. Or adding a bit of vanilla extract to the liquids for a slightly different flavor.
makes about 1-1/2 to 2 cups applesauce
3-4 apples (1lb) peeled, cored and sliced
1/4 cup water
scant pinch of salt
1- 1-1/2 tablespoons sweetener –to your taste*
Put in 2 qt saucepan, bring to simmer, cover and cook on a slightly liwer heat until apples are smushy. Removed from heat, and mash rest of apples that didn’t cook down into a sauce all by themselves.
*I’ve used everything I have for sugars (white, brown, light brown, turbinado) but have yet to try honey to sweeten. Any of the types of sugar listed above work just fine.