Psst! I have a secret. Applesauce is ridiculously easy to make I learned how to make homemade applesauce from my Mom, and today I made some with apples I picked this week. I prefer McIntosh or Macouns (a Mac cross) but you can use whatever you want!
I do it all by eyeball and by taste so I forgot the measurements but I’d guess:
4 quart pot filled with quartered apples
1/3 Cup Sugar
1/4 Tsp Cinnamon
1/4 Tsp Nutmeg
1/4 Tsp Allspice
1/2 Cup Apple Cider or Water
I don’t peel or core beforehand, I just quarter the apples and cook them on low (covered) in the cider/water until they’re mush - it makes the house smell amazing and you can do other stuff while it simmers. Today’s batch probably simmered for 2 hours. (If you want to peel and core first you can do that too!)
I borrowed my Mom’s food mill which makes the process even faster, you just hand crank it and the pulp is left behind. But when I don’t have the mill I just press it through a fine strainer.
After the pulp is gone, add the sugar and spices to the warm sauce. The amount of those will depend on the apples and if you like a more tart or sweet sauce. I like to add in the harvesty spices but it’s also great without them.
So delicious, so rewarding, and no weird ingredients and preservatives you can’t pronounce :)