It’s the rainy season, and we just bought new windshield wipers. I think one of the ways you know you’re an adult is when you get excited about new things like windshield wipers. Don’t get me wrong, I love buying new shoes, but it’s nice when you can see where you’re driving. Applesauce is another seemingly mundane household item, but I love making it. Plus, the jars make lovely gifts (if you preserve them, they last even longer). Windshield wipers aren’t the only thing that come in handy this time of year.
For the applesauce: use 2.5 – 3.5 pounds of apples per quart jar. Most apples can be made into sauce: red delicious, golden delicious, pink lady, gala, fugi, or a mix.
Wash, peel and slice the apples (do not use bruised fruit), removing the core. Place the apples in a large pot with just enough water to cover the bottom of the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring off an on. The apples will cook down and become soft; mash them until they have the desired texture. Add sugar and/or spices (i.e. cinnamon) if desired and stir continuously. If you’d like smooth applesauce, blend the mixture.