Applesauce is not only one of the easiest snacks to make yourself from scratch, it is also one of the cheapest. It’s super easy because you only need two ingredients, and I’ve got a ratio I’m going to tell you about so making homemade applesauce will quickly become second nature to you. First though, let’s talk about the cheap and eco-friendly part.
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Budget & World Friendly
Making homemade applesauce is easy on your wallet. Making any foods yourself is usually cheaper on account of the packaging you’re not paying for ( I am really really not good at packaging – you can totally tell who has opened the cereal box in our house ) plus you’re using up ingredients you already have. Which leads me to next great thing about homemade applesauce. Food waste in Canada and the US is at a ridiculous rate of like 40% . I think we can all think of a time when we bought a whole lot of food, namely fresh fruits and veggies, only to toss them out a few days later. I’ve done it, you likely have too. Instead of condemning ourselves as bad citizens – go check out your crisper drawer in your fridge, and collect all of the fruit that maybe isn’t going to be quite so amazing if you bit into it straight away. Chances are you have some apples in there, that are maybe a wee bit bruised… or are just not at their prime. Don’t throw them out, they are perfect for applesauce.
Easy Homemade Applesauce
Remember, I said I was going to share with you a handy little ratio. One thing to remember, and ta-da! You’re all making homemade applesauce and looking to customize. This recipe is so incredibly easy, I’m not even going to make a printable card for it – all you need is this one ratio. Feel free to bookmark the page of course, but I have confidence, you won’t need to.
All you need to remember in order to make homemade applesauce is that for every apple you use, you want to also use 1 tbsp. of water.
- Apple Corer
- 1 tbsp water for every apple
- Peel and core apples
- Cut apples into chunks and put in a saucepan, add 1 tbsp. water for every apple you use
- Cover with a lid and bring gently to a boil, checking often.
- When apple pieces can easily be pierced with a fork, mash them.
- Serve warm, or cool, and garnish or customize with your favourite add ins ( see some ideas below)
Garnish / Customizing Options
- add 1/4 tsp sugar for every apple for a sweetened applesauce
- dried cranberries
- dried raisins
- other fruit and berry purees