Early Autumn has arrived in my neck of the woods.
Cold mornings, lovely afternoons and crisp evenings.
At my house that means it's apple season. Visions of homemade apple pie, dumplings (with a double recipe of cinnamon syrup), apple cake and applesauce, just to name a few.
That means it's time for me to cook up batch of homemade applesauce.
I always use my Grammy's recipe. She canned enough applesauce each Fall to last her a year because she didn't like store bought. And you know she was right. Homemade applesauce is so much more flavorful. If you'd like to try making applesauce you'll find her recipe below. I don't can it like she did, I vacuum seal it in bags and store it in the freezer.
Grammy's Homemade Applesauce
28 cups of flavorful apples (peeled, cored and sliced)
(use sweet apples with lots of flavor like graven steins)
3-1/2 cups of apple juice
1-1/2 cups of water
Put all ingredients in a large pot, bring to a boil and simmer until apples are soft.
Mash with a potato masher for chunky applesauce or puree with a stick blender for smoother texture.
Simmer for an additional 15 minutes.
Let cool, and either vacuum seal or put in freezer containers. Store in the freezer.
I always fill one mason jar and pop in the refrigerator to eat right away.