- Best apples for cooking applesauce
Best applesauce making apples
Every crop of apples varies slightly and organic sometimes tastes different. Below I show my applesauce taste opinions. They are from a guy who does not usually care for added sugar in a lot of food, especially produce.
|Apple type||Good for applesauce||Comments
|McIntosh||Yes||Probably the best flavor, but the apples are smaller, so more work to peel
Fantastic – wife and I agree on this one – good taste and sweetness
|Rome||Yes||Baseline – this is a household favorite, not too sweet
|Fuji||Yes||Slightly sweet and tangy - better than expected
|Jonah Gold||Yes||One of the best
|Snapdragon||Yes||A little sweet, but still very good
|Granny Smith||No||Just doesn’t taste good as applesauce, but I love the tartness as apples
|Red Delicious||No||Doesn’t taste good as applesauce, but I like the apple
|Pink Lady||No||Doesn’t taste good as applesauce, but I like the apple
|Cortland||No||Reminds me of sweet tart candies from childhood – too sweet in my opinion
|Honeycrisp||No||Way too sweet, I will never try this as applesauce again
|Gala||No||Organic from Chile were a little too sweet by themselves. Internet says they are good mixed with granny smith - untested
|Gravestein||Unknown||I have not tested yet to date
|Stayman||Unknown||Heard on Internet they’re good mixed with golden delicious
How I make applesauce: My technique and tools
It is probable you do not have my tools, but here's my technique I devised with time and practice over the last couple months. Most guys know the better the tools you have, the easier your job.
Tip: do not buy bruised apples, they taste fine but are harder to peel efficiently
Tip: apple stems get in the way when you are peeling. Avoid buying apples with them if you can.
Tip: 8 pounds of peeled/cored apples can go in my 6 quart slow cooker IF chopped up.
My recommended tools:
My Applesauce Making Technique:
- Put the kitchen towel under your cutting board
- Rinse your apples in the kitchen sink
- Pick up your Y shaped peeler and be mindful when using it. You do not want to peel your finger tips. Concentrate/Focus when peeling! Do not say I did not warn your fingertips!
If you do not mind spending more time and being less efficient, use a swivel peeler. Your fingertips are safe this way.
- Cut the apple skin off the top and bottom of all your apples
- Put the top/bottom skinned apples in a bowl so they do not roll away
- Peel each previously top and bottom shaved apple
- Put each apple into a bowl
- Remove your cutting board, carefully pick up towel, and dispose of your apple peels
- Core each apple with your apple corer
- Remove cutting board, carefully pick up towel, and dispose of your apple cores
- Place all the apple pieces into your slow cooker or chopped salad bowl
- Randomly cut up/mince the apples to your hearts content with your large knife in your slow cooker. The smaller your
apple pieces, the more apples your slow cooker can hold. Tip: I believe apples break down faster
to sauce in your slow cooker if they are sliced smaller.
* If you are using a salad chopping bowl with the pizza-like slicer to slice your apple pieces (faster), put them in your slow cooker when finished!
- Turn your slow cooker on HIGH.
- (Optional) Add apple pie spices - I recommend you buy from a spice store, not supermarket
- Wait about two hours till the apples smell really good
- Occasionally mash the apple pieces with wooden spoon, potato masher, etc.
- You should see applesauce 150 to 180 minutes after you applied heat.
More heat and time = more apple break down
- Enjoy! You can take it from here. Do not burn your tongue tasting its deliciousness!