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What are the best apples for apple sauce?

Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 8:09 am
by cad3
I love apples in almost any form and have tried to find the best variety of apple to make apple sauce. Does anyone have a view on that and/or anything in a recipe that makes them special?

Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:13 am
by tkuntz
I like a mixture of sweet and tart varieties, the more varieties the better. I usually use at least six or seven varieties when available. If you go to a local farm market they will probably mix some for you. But if I don't have that option, I like a mixture of Gala and McIntosh in Sept., Empire and Golden Delicious in Oct. and Stayman Winesap and Golden Delicious and/or Fuji over the winter.
To add some pink color and some cinnamon flavor, try adding candy cinnamon red hots (Valentine's Day candy). Can usually find them in bulk food stores.
If you really like cinnamon, try adding some cinnamon schnapps like Goldschlager. Amt. depends on your taste. I like the "one shot for me, one shot in the pot" method.
I also like to freeze some in popsicle forms and eat in the summer.

Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:25 am
by appledude
tkuntz wrote:I like the "one shot for me, one shot in the pot" method.
Exactly! Except you are being too generous with the pot!

One can add some redflesh apples to make a pink applesauce.

For standalone sauces it is hard to beat Red Astrachan. Not a redflesh, but pretty tasty.

Re: What are the best apples for apple sauce?

Posted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 10:20 am
by dchisler
Thank you for this site and great info also about applesauce. My favorite is June transparent apples but sadly I have found no one who grows them anymore. I haven't lived in any one place long enough to grow my own. So this fall I am excited to experiment and try your suggestions. transplanted Okie

Re: What are the best apples for apple sauce?

Posted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 2:48 pm
by appledude
I should have said before, but Red Astrachan is ready about the first week of August in the Pacific Northwest, so it is relatively early. It is likely early anywhere it is grown!

Goldrush is a late apple that is outstanding for hardness and flavor, in case an early apple doesn't suit your schedule. It is also a good eating apple after a little storage and makes a good standalone cider.

Re: What are the best apples for apple sauce?

Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:41 am
by melanie14
I love homemade applesauce and think it is highly under rated by most folks. When I can find them I like Stayman's for applesauce and apple butter. But really, a good mix of apples, tart and sweet, is good for sauce as it is for apple pie. I like some cinnamon in my applesauce and leave it slightly chunky..

Re: What are the best apples for apple sauce?

Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 12:46 am
by applebiggy
Homemade apple sauce is so much better than the stuff in the can. You have to use a lot of lemon juice in the applesauce to prevent it from turning brown. They sell organic applesauce at the local store for about twice the price of the regular. I think I might try and make some this summer.

Re: What are the best apples for apple sauce?

Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 4:26 pm
by ReeceOrchards
This question can be tricky. It all depends on what kind of texture you want out of your sauce. The softer the apple the smoother the texture, the more firm the apple the more chunky the sauce. We've got a list of our popular apples and uses here: http://www.reeceorchards.com/wp/u-pick- ... ple-guide/

Personally I think smooth sauce is best with a juicier apple like Rome Beauty and Jonathan's if you like a bit more tartness to your sauce. Best of luck in making your sauces. Let us know what you decide on, it's always fun hearing other input!

Re: What are the best apples for apple sauce?

Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:39 pm
by Chuck Rhode
Around here (southern Wisconsin) snow apples (Fameuse) are much sought after for sauce making. They don't require a lot of sweetening if any.

Also, consider Golden Noble. It cooks down really well. Seed Savers says, "Of great culinary value; the creamy white flesh cooks into a rich-flavored frothy puree. Recently discovered to exceed most other edible apples in vitamin C."

Whether the vitamins survive processing I leave to the pondering of nutritionists.

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Re: What are the best apples for apple sauce?

Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:03 am
by PA_Docent
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By the way, very interesting blog. As a child my parents made applesauce from Cortland and McIntosh. It was tart and oh so good. Can't wait for my trees to mature and start producing!