My husband walked in on Friday night with a 35 pound box of Gala apples and a 23 box of peaches that he bought from a friend’s church fundraiser. The apples looked beautiful and the peaches smelled like — well — peaches. It was heavenly. And both peaches and apples tasted incredible. They were fresh from the orchard, firm, and sweet. So we were busy this weekend putting up as much of that fruit as we could. Some went into the dehydrator. Some went into the freezer. And some went into the solar oven to make homemade applesauce.
For applesauce, use a good cooking apple like Gala,
- 3-4 pounds of peeled, cored, and cut apples (We used our apple peeler which peels, cores, and slices the apple into rings.)
- 3 -4 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 – 1 cup apple juice (or water) (I use frozen apple juice concentrate)
Put the apples into a saucepot and add the lemon juice and apple juice. Put into the solar oven and cook covered for about 2 – 2 1/2 hours.
Remove from the solar oven and use a potato masher or electric stick mixer to mix mash the cooked apples. Leave as many or as few lumps as you like.
Now it’s time to sweeten and season the applesauce. Add:
- 1/2 cup honey (or 1/2 cup white sugar or 1/4 cup white and 1/4 cup brown sugar)
- 2 tsps cinnamon
The amount of honey (sugar) and cinnamon is approximate. The amount will depend on how sweet the apples are and how sweet you like your applesauce. Add the amounts slowly and taste until you reach the sweetness that you like.
Stir the honey and cinnamon into the cooked apples. Return the pot to the solar oven, and cook, uncovered, for about an hour to cook the apples to the desired consistency.