I live practically down the street from an apple orchard.
I love when apple season begins.
Apple Sauce Without the Added Sugar
It is always about this time of the year that I am overloaded with apples.
I love apples and living close to an apple orchard, I enjoy going out on a beautiful fall day to pick apples.
The orchard near my house has many different kinds of apples that seem to ripen from early August through some time in October. That is a lot of different kinds of apple to pick and accumulate.
Everyone always seems to ask what are the best apples to use when making apple sauce?
There seems to be an apple for about anything we want to make.
The apples that you may want to use to make your sauce may vary as we all seem to have our own taste. What I usually like to do is use more than one variety of apple in my sauce to make the taste a bit more personable.
If you ask an expert in making apple sauce, they will probably tell you to stick to certain varieties of apples for your sauce.
Among the most popular varieties of apples that can be used for sauce, you may hear about any of these:
- Golden Delicious
- Red Delicious
Some of the above apple varieties are location specific and may not be available in your neck of the woods. Obviously, this is not a complete list of apples that make the best sauce. I tend to stick with what is ripe at the time that I am making apple sauce. I also like to mix something that is a bit tart with something that may be a bit sweeter just to balance them out.
The good thing about making homemade applesauce is that you can do so much with it.
I can bottle applesauce up and give it away. Use it in other recipes. OR simply eat it as is. There is something about apples that makes me happy.
By the way, you may be interested in reading more about apples.
The Recipe for homemade apple sauce
What you will need to make this.
- Apples- 6 that have been cored, peeled and quartered. See recommended varieties above.
- Water- 1 cup
- Lemon juice- 1 tablespoon
- Sugar or sugar alternative- 2 tablespoons- can also use brown sugar or cocoanut palm sugar.
- Ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon
How to make this.
- In a medium to large saucepan, combine your apples, sugar, and water.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and then cover with a lid and simmer for 25- 30 minutes -removing the lid at 20 minutes. You can stir as needed.
- After you have removed the lid keep an eye on the mixture. Once you notice that most of the liquid has boiled off you can remove it from the hear. You mixture should be on the stove for a total of 25-30 minutes.
- Remove from the stove and stir in your remaining ingredients.
- Allow to cool before serving.
For added taste you can add allspice, nutmeg or ginger. Also, if you want to omit all sugar, you can easily use a sweeter apple.