Miss Old-Fashioned, Homemade Applesauce like Grandma Used to Make?When I think about childhood memories, my mind often wanders to the kitchen. The Food Network has a program dedicated to life in the kitchen, "The Kitchen" features host, Katie Lee, surrounded by beautiful LG Electronics. The Kitchen is fully equipped with LG Appliances from the Refrigerator and the Ovens to the Microwave and the LG Cook-top. It is the perfect place to make Grandma's homemade applesauce. Enjoy!
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|My grandparents and the cousins circa 1975.|
Grandma's Homemade Applesauce traditionally made by my Aunt Verna.
I remember peeling and coring apples on an old appliance that attached to the kitchen table. After we used the apple-corer-peeler, everything went into what could have just as easily been a torture device, but somehow we weren't frightened by it.
We begged to have a go at peeling the apple and then placing the pieces in the apple grinder. As an adult, I realize it is far less complicated to grab a knife and just peel my apple. The grinder we used is now obsolete, but these memories have stuck with me. Recently, my mother reminded me that my grandparents moved from the family homestead when I was just 9 years old. Funny, those times in Grandma's kitchen feel like yesterday.
We'd go to an orchard or a friend's house and pick our own apples and then bring them back to make "Grandma's Homemade Applesauce." Grandma's kitchen was tiny and crowded with Grandma, my mother, three aunts, and all the little cousins running in and out the backdoor. The table took up all of the free space in the kitchen with just a small, one person width around the perimeter. It didn't matter. No one seemed to notice. It was good to be so close to each other, working together to create something to share with the entire family. Each time, we ate the applesauce, we'd remember this day. I love the homemade applesauce to this day, but we no longer make it this way.
If I'm lucky, my aunt will share some of her special sauce with me. My kids like it, but they have no idea why it tastes so good to me. Memories are made in the kitchen. Life is good in the kitchen. We all need to spend more time around the table, getting to know each other, learning new skills, and enjoying the heart of the home.
I'm sharing Grandma's Homemade Applesauce Recipe and process, so you can make your own kitchen memories. I want you to experience how good life is in the kitchen.
Old-Fashioned Homemade Freezer Applesauce
6-8 Tart Apples, washed, peeled, and quartered. (Red & Golden Delicious work well-
or your favorite, just know that some apples are softer and/or sweeter than others)
1 Tbs. Lemon Juice
1 Tbs. Butter
1 Cinnamon Stick or 1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 Tbs. to 1/2 C. Water
1/4 C. Sugar per Pound.
In large sauce pan, begin with 1 Tbs. Water, Apples, Cinnamon, and Lemon Juice. Depending on your apples you will use more or less water. Many apples don't need any water added at all. Bring to a boil and then cover and cook over low heat until desired consistency. Some people prefer chunky applesauce, so for that the cook time is less.
Stir in butter and sugar to taste, if desired.
Grandma used a food mill to strain the applesauce. You can use a blender, food processor, or leave them as they are.
Remove from heat and let cool.
Spoon into freezer bags leaving 1/2 - 1" head space.
Flatten and stack to freeze.
Applesauce is good for at least 1 year frozen and 2 weeks once thawed and opened.
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