What is Applesauce?
Applesauce or Apple Sauce is a sauce made by cooking apples in water, apple juice, or cider. The apples are boiled and pureed. Any type of apple can be used for applesauce.
Applesauce can be made with or without sugar. Depending on your taste, the amount of sugar and spice can be increased or decreased. Coconut, vanilla extract add sweetness or cinnamon adds spices to this recipe. Lemon juice adds tartness and citrus flavor.
What Is The Best Kind of Apple for Applesauce?
Unlike Apple Pie, any kind of apple can be used for Homemade Applesauce. Apple varieties such as Honeycrisp, Fuji, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, or Red Delicious are ideal for this recipe.
You can prepare your own homemade applesauce with your favorite apple variety or varieties. You can use different apple varieties or ingredients to make a sweeter or more sour sauce.
For more information about "Types of Apples", check out our article.
Can You Make Applesauce in a Slow Cooker or Instant Pot?
Yes. Instead of cooking applesauce in a pot, you can also cook it in a slow cooker or instant pot.
How to Make Applesauce in a Slow Cooker?
To cook applesauce in the slow cooker, wash and peel the apples. Then cut them into quarters and remove the seeds. Put the apples in the slow cooker after roughly chopping them. Add water or apple juice, cinnamon, lemon juice, and salt. Mix all the ingredients. Cook on high for about 3-4 hours. Remove the cinnamon stick. Next, puree the apples using a blender. Serve it hot or cold.
How to Make Applesauce in an Instant Pot?
To cook applesauce in the Instant Pot, wash and peel the apples. Cut in half and cut into pieces after removing the core. Put the peeled and cored apple slices into the Instant Pot. Add water, lemon juice, and a cinnamon stick. Mix all the ingredients. Secure the pressure cooker lid. Cook at high pressure for about 10 minutes. Open the pressure cooker lid. For a textured applesauce consistency, use a potato masher. For smooth applesauce, use a hand blender to blend the applesauce in the saucepan until smooth, about 1 minute. Taste the applesauce and, while still hot, add sugar if desired. Once cool, transfer the applesauce to an airtight container.
What to Serve with Applesauce?
Applesauce is perfect to serve on its own or with meals. Applesauce is one of the indispensable sauces of Thanksgiving Day. It can also be served with pancakes or muffins for breakfast. It also goes well with oatmeal and smoothies. It also pairs perfectly with moist and delicious carrot cakes and banana cakes. You can also serve it with plain or vanilla yogurt, vanilla ice cream, or caramel sauce. You can also serve applesauce with a roast or cutlet.
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How to Store Applesauce?
Homemade Applesauce can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
How Long Does Applesauce Last in the Refrigerator? You can store fresh applesauce in the refrigerator in a sealed container or jar for up to 2 weeks.
Can Applesauce Be Frozen? Yes. Allow the applesauce to cool at room temperature. Then place it in an airtight container or freezer bag. Freeze it for up to 3 months. Transfer it to the refrigerator the night before to thaw.