Place the apples in a large, heavy-bottomed kettle or stockpot, with enough water so that they won’t stick to the bottom while cooking. Place over medium-high heat, bring to a simmer, cover and simmer about 10 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent scorching.
When apples are tender, remove to one or more large cookie sheets until cool enough to handle.
For a chunky sauce, use a fork or potato masher to achieve desired consistency. For a smooth sauce, pass the apples through a food mill. Sweeten to desired level after mashing.
To can applesauce, pack in hot jars to 1/4 inch from the top. Process in pints or quarts for 25 minutes in a boiling water bath.
About this recipe
The Story: APPLES
Iowa was once the second largest apple producer in the country, not behind Washington but behind Michigan. The ubiquitous Red Delicious apple was originally called the Hawkeye, and was developed in the late 1800s by Madison County farmer Jesse Hiatt. He sold the rights to the Stark Brothers Fruit Company of Missouri, which propagated cuttings from the original tree near Peru, Iowa, and hybridized it out of all resemblance to it’s origins. Today, Red Delicious apples found in grocery stores are bred for appearance and durability, not flavor.
This recipe first appeared in EIRV #1. It’s the apple sauce recipe used by Joyce Wilson of Wilson’s Orchard near Iowa City.
Treasures like Wilson’s Orchard, and the other orchards around the state, will survive only so long as there is demand for their luscious products. Buying more and preserving the excess is a good way to support the artisan-orchardists of Iowa, while also getting lots of tasty treats for your family.
Recipe courtesy of Joyce Wilson
2924 Orchard Lane NE (On Highway 1, 2.2 miles north of I-80)
Iowa City, IA 52240
Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m., August, September and October