Alright, it’s time for me to clue you in on my latest and greatest food obsession—homemade applesauce. I know, you are looking at this and thinking BORRRRINGGG and you probably already clicked that little close button on this browser tab. But I promise you this is worth the quick read. Remember how banana soft serve revolutionized the food world? Well, mark my words, freezer applesauce is next.
I can’t exactly put my finger on what it is about the ‘sauce that has me so enamored. It could be that it felt awesome on my sore throat while I
had still have the cold of death. It could be that after weeks of subsisting solely on sugar cookies and eggnog drinks, some real food satisfied my foodie soul. Or it could be that it is obnoxiously delicious, requires no cooking and is stupidly easy.
Oh yes, definitely that last one.
Did you know that apples get all mushy and soft when frozen? Or that they become sweeter and the flavors stronger? How about that all you have to do to make the best applesauce you’ve ever had is to freeze apples, thaw them and then mush the hell out of them?
Welcome to the delicious, delicious world of no-cook applesauce, my friends.
I chose to flavor my ‘sauce with a hefty amount of cinnamon and nutmeg and the end result was mega-sweet, super apple-y, spicy and comforting. Everything applesauce should be. You may be tempted to put sweetener in your applesauce, but I suggest trying it out sans-sugar first. My apples were sweet enough to not need anything extra.
No-Cook Freezer Applesauce
Prep Time: 10 hours
Cook Time: None
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 4-6 medium apples, cored and cut into eighths (about 2-1/2 pounds)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- Fill a large bowl 2/3 with water, add in lemon juice and mix well. Add in apple slices and stir until all apple slices are coated in the mixture. Drain apples well.
- Place apples in a large zip-top bag, add in cinnamon and nutmeg. Seal bag and toss to coat.
- Place bag in freezer for 4-6 hours or until apples are frozen solid. Remove from freezer and allow to defrost on kitchen counter.
- When apples are soft, mash with potato masher or puree in a food processor until desired consistency. Serve cold.