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.
How long can you store the frozen apples in the freezer? It sounds like in this recipe you make them into applesauce fairly quickly after freezing the apples. I have a lot of apples and was wondering if they will keep in the freezer for 6 months or maybe even a year.
If you want to stash apples long term, I recommend checking out this post instead: https://wholefully.com/how-to-store-apples/
Thanks for recipe! Once prepared, how long can you keep this in the fridge. What should you store it in?
I store mine in glass canning jars, and you can get 7-10 days easily.
This recipe seems like a great concept! It is actually in the freezer right now. I skipped the lemon juice process, but I did put the apples in the water. Will it work if I skip the lemon juice? Just curious. 😀
The lemon juice is mostly there to keep the apples from browning and oxidizing. So it will probably work, it just might be a darker brown!
My apples froze on the tree and I have no choice. I am making a lot of apple sauce. I also have a vitamix. Don’t forget that you can replace the butter or oil or margarine by half apple sauce in baking. If you need one cup of butter, use 1/2 cup of butter and 1/2 cup of apple sauce. I bake a lot and it works very well
After you freeze and mash the apples could you put it freezer containers and refreeze it?
I can’t stand cooked apples in any shape or form. But I love pureed RAW apples without sugar. I’ve never frozen apples, since I didn’t know how they’d turn out. Apparently, they’re fine. This has opened a new world for me. I have a half bushel to deal with and this is what I will do with most of them. Thanks so much for posting this.