Making homemade applesauce is simple and you can customize it to your preference, sweet or tart. Here are simple steps to making fresh applesauce.
1. Wash apples. Try to use a combination of types of apples as it makes for a more complex taste. In this batch of applesauce Wolf River was used, an heirloom variety that dates back to the 1880s from Fremont, Wisconsin. The other variety is McIntosh, a favorite all around cooking apple.
2. Peel and core apples and cut into chunks. Oftentimes a little peel is left on for fiber vitamins and texture.
3. Be sure any remains are added to the compost pile. No need to waste potential soil amendments!
4. Place apples in large saucepan, Dutch oven or stockpot, depending on how many apples are being used.
5. Add about 2 cups of water so the apples do not scorch, along with cinnamon and sugar to taste. You can also make your applesauce completely sugar free.
6. Begin cooking the apples down on medium heat, stirring often to prevent scorching.
7. When apples have become sauce, remove from heat and enjoy!
If you are interested in canning your own homemade applesauce, among other foods, Ball Canning Company has great resources and tips on their website. Please see http://www.freshpreserving.com.