Did you know you can make applesauce without using the stove, oven or slow cooker?!? I didn’t. But after hearing about the process—how freezing followed by thawing the apples will make them mushy—it seemed too good to be true.
Why not give it a try, though? With apple season upon us, I thought it might be interesting.
I cored and chopped two apples and placed them into a freezer baggie.
- 1 T. lemon juice
- 1 t. cinnamon
- 1/4 t. nutmeg
That’s right. No added sweeteners. Trust me–you don’t need any for this!
I shook the bag to evenly distribute the seasonings, and placed the sealed baggie in the freezer.
The next morning, I moved the baggie from the freezer to a plate on my countertop to thaw. About 3 hours later, I moved the apples from the baggie to a bowl, and used my fingers to easily remove the peel.
At this point, you can use a blender or food processor to make a smooth applesauce. Or use a potato masher to make a homestyle, chunky applesauce.
I chose homestyle! It’s a bit of an arm workout since it takes a few minutes to mash everything well. The end result, however, was outstanding. It’s better than any packaged applesauce. Ever.
I am storing my applesauce in the refrigerator, and I’m guessing it will keep for about a week. I’m guessing it will be consumed before then though.
Talk about a delicious pancake-topper. Or eat it with a sprinkle of granola on top. Wait—stir it into oatmeal! I’m sure there are a million great ideas . . . .