Monday, October 12, 2015


By Katie G.

By now, it’s safe to assume that you’ve been apple picking this season. If you’re anything like us after our recent trip to Demarest Farms, you wind up with a surplus of apples, fresh-picked and ready to be eaten. Only problem? After about two days, you feel like you’ve had enough to last a lifetime. Rather than using your pickings to make sugar-packed cookies or pie (or letting them go to waste altogether), we’ve got a quick, easy, and healthy alternative for you to try: homemade applesauce.

Applesauce, made from scratch, is truly one of the healthiest things you can eat. Not only is it packed with fiber, but it also contains potassium and vitamin C. So basically, it fills you up, helps regulate blood pressure, boots immunity, and tastes great. Sign us up!

Here's the project: CLEAN FOOD-approved recipe for you to try. I can't underscore enough how simple it is to make and how delicious it is to eat. 

project: CLEAN FOOD's Homemade Applesauce

project: CLEAN FOOD Applesauce

  • 7-10 Medium sized apples (McIntosh, Fuji, Granny Smith, or Golden Delicious)
  • 4 Lemon Peel Strips (zest only)
  • 3.5 Tbsp of fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 Cup of water
1. Core, peel, and quarter the apples. It works best with a corer and paring knife, btw.

2. In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

3. Add the apples to the mix, Pour the 1 Cup of water on top to make sure they are completely submerged.

4. Bring the heat down to a simmer, cover the pot, and cook for 20-30 minutes, until the apples are soft and cooked-through.

5. Once the apples are cooked through, use a food processor to blend them in small batches. Add additional brown sugar or cinnamon to taste. Smooth or chunky, sweet or tart, the consistency is up to you.  If you don't have a food processor, mash them with a fork or potato masher (this will automatically make the consistency chunkier).

6. Place in the refrigerator to chill. Serve as desired. Enjoy.

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