I love apples! I think just about everyone that knows me, knows that I usually have an apple for my afternoon snack. I always have apples in my refrigerator, but when my grandma stopped by with a bag of imperfect apples I knew there was no way I could finish them all before they went bad. Some were a little bruised, but none were rotten. So I grabbed some strawberries out of the refrigerator and decided to give homemade strawberry applesauce a try.
My mom always made homemade applesauce when I was growing up. Our neighbor had an apple tree, so we always had plenty of apples available. I’m almost positive that that’s when my love for apples and applesauce started. But what I didn’t know is how easy it is to make homemade applesauce. And it’s just as easy to make homemade Strawberry applesauce.
You can use any apple – there are so many different varieties but it’s best to choose apples that are naturally sweet, like Cortland, Honey Crisp, Gala, Fuji or McIntosh.
Homemade Strawberry Applesauce
10 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
10 to 12 strawberries, stemmed and sliced
3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons lemon juice (optional)
1. In a large pot, bring apples, strawberries, lemon juice and water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until fruit is tender when poked with a fork, about 20 minutes.
2. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.
3. Purée in blender or food processor until smooth and desired consistency is achieved.
4. Pour applesauce into a container and serve warm or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Homemade Strawberry Applesauce Tips
- Use a combination of apples – not just one type. Honey Crisp, Cortland and McIntosh apples are great choices.
- Use a apple corer to cut the apples to save a step..
- The amount of strawberries depends on whether you want your applesauce to have a strong strawberry flavor or a subtle one. .
- Sweeten to taste if needed. I chose not to, but if you do chose to use sugar, honey or something else add it while the applesauce is still warm.
- For a delicious variation, add raspberries along with the apples and strawberries.
- Keep the skins on the apples for nutritional value and fiber.
After trying this recipe, it’s safe to say that I will be making it again soon.