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Easy Applesauce 
Sep. 16, 2010 7:59 am 
Updated: Sep. 24, 2010 5:18 am

Last week my wife & kids took advantage of a day off from school and went apple picking with a few of their friends. Two and a half bushels of apples later they came home and we immediately started to wonder what we should do with the all of the apples besides eating them one at a time. Well I decided it meant it was time to start making applesauce again.

I love applesauce. I always have. It's great with pork chops (thanks Peter Brady). It's great with cottage cheese. It's great all by itself. It's even better when you make it yourself which is what I like to do. So on Saturday night as we began to prepare dinner, I started peeling & chopping apples. Our out of town friends, who seem to live on takeout, were intoxicated by the aroma as the apples simmered. They were surprised that I would actually make my own applesauce and they were even more amazed when they saw how easy it was to do. All it takes is apples, apple cider (juice or water are okay too), lemon juice, brown sugar (I prefer dark), cinnamon & a little salt. I have also added in some ground cloves a few times  (for complexity) and my kids liked that little twist. The best part is being able to first serve it warm and then have the leftover around in the fridge for snacks or future meals.

Here is the recipe I use for my applesauce. It's been waiting for review for 7 years now so I have a feeling it may never join my other recipes on AR but it doesn't matter now that I can share it here with you. Have fun with it and let me know what kind of twists or tweaks you give it when you make it. Or slip me a link to your recipe so I can give it a try.


And come back next time when I attempt to be funny & relevant. It's almost like watching a souffle on the edge of failing.

Apples & Peaches - thanks to the kids
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Sep. 16, 2010 9:21 am
Sounds yummy! Always enjoy your amusing blogs about family and cooking. It's great seeing men interacting with their children in the kitchen. You're a great role model, Doug!
Sep. 16, 2010 9:40 am
@Lace - I second that! And Doug, thanks for the awesome Applesauce recipe!
Sep. 16, 2010 9:47 am
You can can slices of apples, applesauce or freeze apple slices for pies to enjoy throughout the winter.
Sep. 16, 2010 9:48 am
When we have fast food junkies visiting, we enjoy the same gloating as you. My wife is the applesauce maker. Your recipe looks quite different from hers. I'll see if she'll let me send it to you. BTW. Lace is right- as usual.
Sep. 16, 2010 12:16 pm
Hey Doug, just got done peeling, chopping and tossing it all into a pot. Wish I had your recipe on hand. Maybe next time. It's raining so I have a beef stew in the crockpot and applesauce on the stove. Next is a loaf of bread!!!!!
Sep. 16, 2010 3:16 pm
Thanks Lace - I love cooking with my kids
Sep. 16, 2010 3:17 pm
Thanks Stephanie - hope you guys like it
Sep. 16, 2010 3:19 pm
BellesAZ - I am going to try some canning this year for the first time - that should be an adventure in imminent disaster
Sep. 16, 2010 3:20 pm
Hey Mike - let me know how your wife makes applesauce - I am always game to try something new or different
Sep. 16, 2010 3:21 pm
Hey dragonfly22 - what time should I be there for dinner - sounds great
Sep. 16, 2010 3:47 pm
sounds great, thanks for sharing!
Sep. 16, 2010 4:11 pm
well you got me buying the cider and tomorrow the apples. I really want a reason to use the Pampered chef apple peeler. Have you made applesauce with the peels on?
Sep. 16, 2010 5:36 pm
Thanks for stopping by BarleyJack
Sep. 16, 2010 5:36 pm
Hi Maureen - I haven't tried with the peels on because my kids probably wouldn't eat it that way though they do steal the peels off the cutting board so...
Sep. 16, 2010 6:54 pm
When I was in high school our science teacher brought in all of the goodies and we made home made cider and home made applesauce. It was so awesome. He was truly a great teacher!
Sep. 17, 2010 4:51 am
Hi de'Monfort - sounds like a good teacher - We have an old cider mill down the road from us that has been turned into a museum (watch for it on a What's Cooking Detour Webisode)
Sep. 17, 2010 1:22 pm
Catching up on my fave blogs today. My apple tree is loaded this year, and I love homemade applesauce. Thanks, Doug!!
Sep. 18, 2010 7:13 am
Hey Jammin' Bread - we are going to make an apple coffeecake today (I think)
Sep. 19, 2010 8:56 am
Oh! This is different! I took my girls and their friends apple and peach picking yesterday so this is perfect timing to try your recipe! We bought cider too! Thanks for sharing Doug!
Sep. 19, 2010 10:57 am
Let me know how it comes out What's for dinner, mom. I'm looking at apple coffee cake recipes today.
Sep. 19, 2010 6:07 pm
That's very similar to how I make it, but I dump it all in my crockpot. I use pumpkin pie spice, but not salt or lemon juice. I'll have to try that next time!
Sep. 20, 2010 7:06 am
Oh that is exciting! I am going to OR for a month and first on the agenda is apple picking :)...like you I then look at my apples and go...hmmm, what will I do with all these now? Well, I will definitely give your applesauce a go :)
ann baker 
Sep. 20, 2010 8:09 am
I just added this to my recipe box to try when i buy some apples. I too am an expert cook, raised 5 children, so I can generally tell if a recipe is a keeper. This one is!
Sep. 20, 2010 1:08 pm
Congrats Doug on your Cook of the Week Highlight on AllRecipes Home page!
Sep. 20, 2010 2:41 pm
Our city has a Johnny Appleseed festival in September every year and that is always a reminder for me to make some applesauce. I enjoyed the blog and intend on trying your recipe! And congrats on cook of the week!
Sep. 20, 2010 6:43 pm
I just made it Doug! Very good timing of your blog! I needed something wholesome & yummy! The best I've ever had..heheh...I really load it with cinnamon! I used the Pampered Chef peeler and didn't worry about the peels that got in anyway. One review said she uses a foodmill when she keeps the peels on. i have never seen one. Is it a food processor? Thanks for "sharing" :)
Sep. 21, 2010 12:56 am
Since I'm not big on applesauce, I'd hoped you had more ideas for what I can do with all my orchard's antique apples! Oh well... this gives me a chance to say I commented on your previous (& hilarious) fish blog, & to encourage you to stop by on the "Recipe Buzz" more often! It was nice that did so last week. I'll be checking out AR TV soon to see if you're on that as I suspect you are, based on your mysterious comment last week.
Sep. 21, 2010 5:03 am
Thanks A.S.G. - I am going to have to try it with the pumpkin pie spice some time
Sep. 21, 2010 5:04 am
Have fun The Messy Cook - I would think that if you are in OR, you might go Marionberry picking too. I wonder how those would taste with apples ?
Sep. 21, 2010 5:04 am
Thanks ann baker - glad I could help you
Sep. 21, 2010 5:05 am
Thanks BellesAZ - on thursday, I'll be on the AR TV page too
Sep. 21, 2010 5:06 am
Thanks Teri - my kids would go nuts at an apple festival - all we have nearby is a peach festival that is more white elephant sale than anything else
Sep. 21, 2010 5:08 am
Hey Maureen - a food mill is nothing more than an old fashioned hand granked foor processor - you just crank the food through a stiff sieve and voila. Glad you like the recipe.
Sep. 21, 2010 5:11 am
Good morning Rhianna - no need to be cryptic anymore - I will be the next featured AR Chef on allrecipes.tv this week. You may be able to guess what I am making. Also, you have to try this apple recipe - 4 apples and it was very good - http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Apple-Coffee-Cake/Detail.aspx
Sep. 21, 2010 11:02 am
Congratulations ~ that's a big AR deal! Excited to see you on AR TV. Thanks for the recomm ~ will try it!
Sep. 22, 2010 4:42 am
Good morning Rhianna and thanks - it was fun to film - can't wait to see it myself
Sep. 22, 2010 5:20 am
Hi I cannot tell you how gald to stumble upon this recipe. My 8 years old daughter and I went practically every mall looking for apple sauce and to our dismay we did not find one. I will try this out and let you know how it turns out....... I am sure that it would taste great.
Sep. 22, 2010 5:33 am
Hi Doug, Here in south/central jersey myself! we used to have a great apple orchard that we would purchase the "seconds". they made the best applesauce. my sons love applesauce with cottage cheese and my dad always had to have applesauce with pork chops. being a farm girl, growing up, there were not too many nights that applesauce, always homemade, was always on the table. i am going to make your version! thanks patti
Sep. 22, 2010 7:39 am
Doug, what kind of apples did you use?
Sep. 22, 2010 8:17 am
Hi padmaalbert - it's easy and makes the house smell great - have fun
Sep. 22, 2010 8:19 am
Hi Patti - I just sent a quart of applesauce down to my father yesterday - he's a smother the pork kind of guy too - thanks for stopping by
Sep. 22, 2010 8:22 am
I have to tell you Southern Cooking - I really don't know what I used this last time. I grabbed the biggest apples out of the boxes of apples my kids picked - I finally found the picture. Typically I use Granny Smith, MacIntosh or Rome since they are good cooking apples. Thanks for visiting.
Sep. 22, 2010 9:18 am
Hi Doug, I noticed that you like to cook Mexican food. What type do u like to cook? My husband is from Jalisco, Mexico and my mother in law taught me alot of authentic recipes so if there is one you are interested in please feel free to let me know.
Sep. 22, 2010 10:46 am
Thanks Wanda - I "try" to cook Mexican but my mexican is less than authentic. If you go back a few blogs, I visited the Red Iguana in Salt Lake City for their Mole. I am in love with Mole. Do you have any simple recipes (though I would imagine that there is nothing simple about Mole) - thanks again for stopping in.
Sep. 22, 2010 2:12 pm
not real familiar with blogs and how they work. I just would like to know if you can freeze apples and the best way to do it.
Sep. 22, 2010 4:12 pm
If you like apple butter, here's an easy recipe. Wash,core and dice the apples. Peeling is optional. Fill up a 5 qt crockpot with the apples. Combine sugar and spices and pour over the apples. Set your crockpot on high until apples start to bubble. Then turn to low. I usually let my batch cook for up to 18 hours. It smells so good! I ladle it into pint sized canning jars and freeze. So yummy! Follow cookbook guidelines or personal taste for amount of sugar and spices.
Sep. 22, 2010 4:29 pm
A lot depends on the apples. I use 4 Granny Smith and 4 Gala. Forget the sugar. About 1/2 t each cinnamon and nutmeg for a wonderful taste. I used to keep the skins on, but I'm persuaded about the carcinogenic effects of sprays used on apples, so No Go on that one! Enjoy!
Sep. 23, 2010 7:50 am
good morning thot - I have never personally frozen apple slices but I would think it was possible since you see a lot of frozen unbaked apple pies out there for sale - it also looks like BellesAZ knows how from above - go ask in the Recipe Buzz section off the main page and I know someone will help
Sep. 23, 2010 7:54 am
Hi TRISH - I just got a lot of canning jars and had seen a recipe for apple butter in yesterday's paper - I am now even more intrigued
Sep. 23, 2010 7:56 am
Hey jenny - I think I should try a batch without any sugar and see if the kids notice the difference
Sep. 23, 2010 5:30 pm
I usually cook my applesauce in a crock pot. For a twist, I've done a mixture of apples and pears. Brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice are the key!!
Sep. 23, 2010 5:44 pm
I just got back on here and yes he was a great teacher...and as I have gotten older I think he was even that much more an awesome teacher. And my niece had him in high school! Boy does that make me feel old, I'm so glad my sister is that much older than me that I wasn't even 16 when they were born! Whew!
Sep. 23, 2010 8:40 pm
So Doug, did your wife and friends go to Riamedes in Chester to pick apples? Love that place! We live in Flanders so we're right around the corner!
Sep. 24, 2010 3:32 am
Thanks Doug!! http://masterchefrecepies.blogspot.com/
Sep. 24, 2010 5:14 am
Hi millerjen - someone else mentioned pumpkin pie spice. I am going to have to try it. Thanks
Sep. 24, 2010 5:15 am
Thanks for coming back de'Monfort. My staff here constantly reminds me how much older I am.
Sep. 24, 2010 5:17 am
Hi Linda or should I say Hi Neighbor. They went to Alstede's this time and they almost never go there. I prefer the smaller local orchards myself. We will be attempting the Stony Hill Corn Maze this year. Thanks for stopping by
Sep. 24, 2010 5:18 am
Hi jannserg - I'll stop by to read the Just Desserts blogs once I get to watch the ist 2 episodes this weekend.
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My mother decided early on that her sons would never have to rely on someone to feed them so we all learned to cook at an early age. I really started to branch out when I moved out west to Denver, SF & Dallas. Combine that with extended business travel to Louisiana & my growing love of spices and you get a real mix of flavors.
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Love to make cajun food with my favorites being crawfish pie, alligator stew & alligator chili - I go nuts on Super Bowl Sunday
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We didn't have a lot of traditions per se but you could count on pancakes or waffles on sundays - dad making scrambled eggs twice a year on christmas morning & mother's day - veal parmagiana on christmas eve, Thanksgiving with Grandma Matthews and any menu of your choice on your birthday. We weren't a spicy family so I learned a lot of good strong basics in the kitchen from Mom that I have carried over into my cooking today.
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I love to experiment with variations of dishes I try around the country. My biggest success is here on allrecipes where I had 2 recipes published in the same cookbook - Southwestern Turkey Soup & Curried Carrot Soup. I think my corn muffins are a great starting point and my alligator chili has become a much requested Super Bowl favorite.
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There have been a few times in the past where I tossed everything and took everyone to a restaurant instead. I'm not too proud to say my cooking is awful when it really is.
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