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I often make applesauce with several different apples all in the pot together, but this Granny Smith applesauce is pure Granny Smith–applesauce that celebrates the tart green apple!
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Apples do not sing of Spring. They sing of crisp Autumn Days; of long cold evenings; of trees that blaze red, yellow and orange.
I’m not really sure why my mind went to applesauce on a lovely spring day. Bright blue sky. Warm sun. Cool breeze. Windows thrown open. For me, a perfect day.
It could be that, taken by itself, yesterday could also have been a glorious Autumn day. Bright blue sky. Warm sun. Cool breeze. Windows thrown open.
In North Carolina, we are fortunate to have four distinct seasons, although I’m pretty sure the summers are a bit longer and hotter than they used to be while the winters are a bit shorter and milder.
Spring and Fall are my favorites though. Change is in the air. In the Autumn, nature gets itself ready for bed. In the Spring, it goes about its morning routine.
And even though gloriously perfect Autumn days inevitably lead to colder days and longer nights while gloriously perfect Spring days lead to the longer, hotter, humid days, I savor them both. Rather than anticipate the days that follow with just a bit of dread, I choose to live in the moments of those perfect Spring and Fall days.
And that, my friends, is why I ended up making Granny Smith applesauce.
Make Applesauce with a Food Mill
Easy, Step-by-Step How to Make Granny Smith Applesauce
Hands down, my favorite way to make applesauce, Granny Smith or otherwise, is this:
- Cook down the apples, skins, seeds, and all, until the apples are very soft.
- Run the cooked pulp through my food mill.
- If the sauce isn’t as thick as you’d like, you can then cook down a bit farther to reduce the liquid. Otherwise, you’re done!
Other Fruits You Can Add to Applesauce
There is no reason that you can’t add other fruits to your applesauce, so don’t feel bound by convention to just stick to apples.
Consider these options. Just add them to the pot along with your apples and you are good to go.
Other Applesauce and Apple Butter Recipes
Ever wondered what the difference between applesauce and apple butter is? I can help with that.
Once you get the differences down (spoiler: it’s a matter of degree), here are some other recipes you may enjoy:
Granny Smith Applesauce Recipe
- 4 pounds Granny Smith apples, washed and sliced (peeling and coring not necessary if you're using a food mill)
- 1 1/2 cups Apple juice or apple cider, or enough to fill your pan by about 3/4".
- 1/4 teaspoon Fine sea salt, , to taste
- 1/2 cup sugar, (brown or white), to taste
- a sprinkle of your favorite baking spices, (I used "Baking Spice" from Savory Spice Shop)
- Place the apples, salt and optional spices into a heavy-bottomed pan large enough to hold all the apples.
- Pour in the apple juice or apple cider.
- Bring up to a boil and then turn the heat down to maintain a simmer. You will have to stir occasionally to make sure all the fruit has a chance to cook in the juice in the bottom of the pan.
- When all the fruit is cooked and very soft, remove from heat and run through a food mill fit with the medium die.
- Taste the applesauce and add sugar to your taste if it is needed. If you use very sweet apples, you might not need any at all. I used 100% Granny Smiths, so I definitely had to add some.
- Taste again and adjust seasonings.
- Let cool then refrigerate.
- Use within a week to ten days.
If you don't have a food mill, you can mash your apples with a potato masher, run them through a ricer or even use your blender or immersion blender for very smooth sauce. If using one of these methods, go ahead and peel the apples before cooking.
Here are a few food mills to choose from. The simple design has been around for years and years. You really can't go wrong.
- Stainless Steel Food Mill FLOTTE LOTTE by GEFU
- ExcelSteel 580 Food Mill W/3 Grinding Sizes, 17" x 8.25" x 3.75", for Versatile Textures in Soups, Sauces, and Foods
- Cuisipro Deluxe Food Mill
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Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 145 Total Fat 0g Saturated Fat 0g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 48mg Carbohydrates 35g Fiber 5g Sugar 28g Protein 1g
Enjoy the Granny Smith Applesauce, friends.
Thank you for spending some time with me. Have a lovely day.