Tuesday, December 2, 2008

DIY: Apple Sauce from Scratch is Easy!

Apple sauce is surprisingly one of the easiest recipes to make from scratch- it takes only 2 ingredients, hardly any effort or thought, and very little attention. Yet is so delicious & smooth you'll never be able to turn back to the store bought apple sauce... that cold, lumpy, almost goodness but not quite enough.
I learned to make yummy organic apple sauce from reading macrobiotic cookbooks, so this recipe is also very healthy!

  • 3-5 Apples - I use organic "pink lady" apples, look for one with a robust or strong flavor.
  • 1/2 Ume Plum (pitted) OR pinch of Sea Salt

That's it! Simply cut up the apples into a few slices each (taking out the core/seeds), you can choose whether to leave the peelings on or not. I cook the peeling because it adds to the flavor and they taste really good simmered down- but if the texture might weird you out don't include the skins. Add the ume plum (or pinch of salt) in the pot with the cut up apples, then add filtered/spring water that covers 3/4 the way up the apple mountain. Bring to a boil, and then let it cook on medium low for 1-3 hours.

If you keep on cooking longer on a higher temperature you can make apple butter, which is a very dark brown apple treat.

YAY! yum yum yum. Macrobiotic, gluten free, vegan and organic!


linda said...


Any idea how long it would keep in the fridge if I made extra?

The Oko Box said...

Hey Linda!
I would think 1 week would be good, but beyond the one week limit you will want to use a sniff test :) ... I always eat mine in a few days, so I don't know exactly how long it could go. ;)

Susie Collins said...

This sounds like a good idea for apples that have lost their crunch. I never want to eat soggy apples, but this would be perfect remedy! I really had no idea making apple sauce was so easy, I eat it all the time! Thanks!!