A long, long time ago, my parents got divorced. I was 11, turning 12 when my dad and I moved in with my grandma during the week. (I stayed with my mom on the weekends.) Although it sucked to have my parents split up, I got a wonderful opportunity to live with my grandma for just over a year before she passed away.
My grandma and I always had a special connection. I was her only granddaughter. Our birthdays were only 2 days apart. Well, 54 years and 2 days. In fact, the 31st anniversary of her passing is this month.
So many things pop into my head when I think of my grandma. I remember her grape juice. She always had a small juice glass with just a little grape juice in it. And she would sit at her dining room table with her elbows propping her arms up to a triangle where her hands met. One hand holding the other, which had a lit cigarette in it. It was the early 80s. Everyone still smoked.
I remember her cardigans and her polyester, elastic waist pants. I remember her rubber bands around her wrists (she was a bookkeeper) and her tissues tucked up her sleeve. (It’s really convenient sometimes.)
But one of the things I remember about her so well was her cooking. Whenever I start off a dish by sauteing onions, I flash back to her kitchen (when my mom was not going to be eating there) and her cast iron pot.
Oh, and her fried potatoes! Those were the best! I never had the patience to wait for them to be done. She was always telling me that they weren’t ready yet.
But one of my favorite things to make with her was applesauce. She thought store bought applesauce was silly when it was so easy to make homemade applesauce.
And it is.
So easy to make.
Personally, I think it tastes way better, too. (Finished up a nice little bowl of while writing this post. Yep.)
I have seen so many recipes that call for sugar and a million spices. And so, sooooooooo many that call for making it in a crockpot.
Totally confusing to me. After peeling and chopping, which you are going to have to do whether you make it in a crockpot or not, it only takes 10 – 15 minutes.
Really! I swear!
This applesauce is only two ingredients, if you count the water. It is so sweet and yummy on it’s own. Add spices when you go to eat it, if you want flavor.
That’s an awesome idea!
Use this as a base applesauce, and add flavors to change it up.
Like pumpkin in the fall? Swirl a bit of pumpkin in there.
Like cinnamon? Go for it.
Like strawberries? Dollop a little jam on top.
Heck, do you like oatmeal in the mornings? This makes a great topping.
Also, this is a great recipe to make a lot of and can. And I did just that.
I canned 4 quarts of this yummy stuff for eating this winter. And I am going to can more.
- 6 lbs. Apples
- 1½ cups Water (divided)
- Peel, core and chop the apples. (I love the corer slicer combo. Makes it so much easier. (affiliate link))
- Place peels in medium pot with ½ cup water.
- Place apples in large pot with 1 cup water.
- Cover and cook each on medium high for 10 - 15 minutes, stirring ever few minutes, until it is the mushy-ness you want.
- Use a potato masher (pictured above) and mash the apples.
- Use a blender or food processor to blend up the peels.
- Mix the two parts together. The peel give extra flavor and sweetness to your applesauce. So yummy!
Here is a link for the canning pot I use and the canning equipment. If you haven't canned before, you will need these. Yes, all of the equipment helps a lot. And yes the last two links are affiliate links.
Linking this to Gluten-Free Wednesdays (GFW), the weekly blog carnival that Shirley of gfe gluten-free easily, Linda of The Gluten-Free Homemaker and Lynn of Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures host.