Easy Homemade Applesauce

by Tammy Taylor

 

When I find myself with bushels of apples as I did recently I like to preserve that sweet fall deliciousness.  There are many fun things to do with them – I’ve made and canned Apple Pie Filling for quick homemade pies, made Crispy Cinnamon/Sugar Apple Chips for RancherMan’s snacks and even made Dehydrated Apples to use for the dried fruit in my homemade pumpkin granola.  But sometimes there are apples that have a windfall bruise or a small bird peck that needs to be cut out that doesn’t leave them with the appearance I want for those uses.  I don’t waste those less-than-perfect apples – I make homemade applesauce with them!  Although I enjoy applesauce as a sweet natural snack, I also like to use unsweetened applesauce as a replacement for some of the oil in my baking so making applesauce is a double-win for the food budget.  I recently wrote a piece for the Mother Earth News about how my slow cooker makes it so easy to make homemade applesauce, check it out!

EASY HOMEMADE SLOW-COOKER APPLESAUCE recipe shared at Mother Earth News - it's easy to make homemade applesauce with fresh apples! #MotherEarthNews #TaylorMadeHomestead

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13 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Applesauce

  1. Emily

    I love the idea of using my slow cooker to make applesauce! I need to give this a try 🙂 Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday this week!

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  2. Easy Peasy Life Matters

    That is so smart!! I would never have thought of that. Thanks so much for sharing on the Simple Saturdays blog hop 🙂

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  3. Sally at Garden Valley Homestead

    You’re a girl after my own heart. Apples are simply amazing. I like the crockpot apple sauce method too, especially when time is short. Thanks for fun post. I’ll look for your article in Mother Earth News.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I love that applesauce uses those less-than-perfect apples, Sally. Nothing going to waste, that makes me happy.

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  4. ColleenB.

    Talked to my aunt (she turned 99 the 29th of Feb. this year and has a mind sharp as a tack) yesterday and we got to talking about applesauce and she mentioned that when she used to make and can applesauce she would add about 2 cups of fresh or frozen cranberries and cook with her apples. At times she would also cut up stalks of rhubarb and cook right along with the apples for apple-rhubarb sauce. Tip if visiting an orchard: Ask for ‘seconds’ or the ‘drops’. These are usually smaller and odd shaped but are perfect when it comes to making applesauce and apple butter. Normally you can get the drops for much cheaper price but you will have to ask for them cause normally they store them in a back room. Oh, my aunt also mentioned that while cooking the apples she would also add a couple strips of lemon peel along with just a little lemon juice.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Great info Colleen. How in the world did that generation get so smart? Before internet & google searches? Glad you shared her advice on this post so all can see. 🙂 ~TMR~

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  5. ColleenB.

    I also make my applesauce in crockpot / slow cooker. Sure beats stirring it on top of the stove for hours. Nothing tastes better than homemade applesauce and it sure does beat the store bought. I have used my applesauce in place of oil in my banana bread / muffins; Spice cake, etc. I’m going have to make up another batch soon as I only have 1 jar left.(thanks 4 the reminder) :}

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I love to use homemade applesauce to replace some of the fat in my baking Colleen. Plus when you make the applesauce yourself it’s not only a cheaper and healthier alternative, but there’s no landfill trash – the cores & peels go to the chickens or composter and my canning jars and Tattler reusable canning lids are reused again and again. Cheaper/Healthier/Less Waste = Trifecta Win! 🙂 Enjoy the cooler weather today. ~TMR~

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