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A lot of good things are said about applesauce these days. The sweet porridge made from apples has become very popular, especially for baby food. Many of you also like to use it in sweet recipes.

Have you ever wondered whether you can eat applesauce just like that and what the benefits of eating it are? Or simply which varieties are available and which is best for you? In this article, we will specifically look at the differences so that you can incorporate the sweet companion into your everyday life.




The most important facts

  • Applesauce is a sweet pulp made from pasteurised apples. This means that the apples are not only strained, but also heated so that they can be kept longer and no germs are produced.
  • You can buy applesauce in any supermarket. It is usually available in different sizes and brands in the supermarket. You can also choose between packaging such as glass, Tetrapak or plastic.
  • Applesauce is great to add to sweet dishes. It also contains vitamins A, C, E and is therefore excellent for health. Because apples are generally good for digestion, applesauce also has a good effect on the stomach.

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Buying and rating criteria for applesauce

Now, in this part of the article, we will go into the particular buying characteristics of the food.

Ingredients and the best-before date are easy to determine. All it takes is a glance at the back. The consistency, however, cannot be determined at a glance.

Ingredients

Applesauce usually consists of the same ingredients. These are apples (95 %) and the rest is sugar, acidifier citric acid and the antioxidant ascorbic acid. The antioxidant is used to get a nice brown colour.

Best before date

Because apples are first strained and then heated during the production of applesauce, they have a very long shelf life when unopened.

Once opened, however, manufacturers recommend that the fruit preparation be consumed within a few days. However, if you test it yourself at home, you will find that the shelf life varies greatly. Normally, applesauce stays fresh in the fridge for two to three days after opening.

Consistency

Applesauce looks like a pureed mush. On the tongue, however, you will notice quite quickly how quickly it passes. The pulp is very fine and has almost no apple residue. It is also interesting that apple puree and applesauce do not differ in consistency.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about applesauce answered in detail

Now we will go into the most important questions about applesauce in more detail.

What kind of apples are suitable for applesauce?

When making your own applesauce, you should make sure that you use apples with a lot of acidity. Varieties such as Boskoop, Cox Orange or Braeburn, but also all other aromatic apples are suitable.

What is the difference between apple puree and apple compote?

Applesauce and apple puree both consist of strained apples. In contrast, apple compote is not strained and contains pieces of apple in the pulp. According to the decision of the German Food Codex for fruit products, it is specified that applesauce may have sugar added.

How long can homemade applesauce be kept?

Unfortunately, homemade applesauce does not have a long shelf life even if it is kept in the refrigerator. Cooking the apples destroys microorganisms, but applesauce without additives spoils relatively quickly. You can prepare applesauce very quickly with a straining mill. This will give you the perfect consistency for your applesauce.

Here's a tip: use preserving jars. You can use them to preserve the puree for up to a year. Simply boil the filled jars in water at 90 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes. If the straining mill is not for you, you can also try using a straining cloth.

If you use preserving jars, you should buy a few more when you buy them so that you can prepare several portions. (Image source: Sigmund/ Unsplash)

If that's not for you, you can also store the applesauce in the freezer. This will keep it fresh for at least a year without losing much flavour.

Are there still vitamins in applesauce?

Apples are real vitamin bombs. They contain plenty of vitamins A, C, E and numerous B vitamins. Vitamins B and C are very sensitive to heat. On the other hand, vitamin A is rather resistant to cooking. If you use a lot of water when cooking, there is a risk of losing healthy ingredients. This is because the water-soluble vitamins B and C would be lost when draining.

Is applesauce easy to digest?

Ripe apples are easy to digest and can be eaten raw or cooked. The ingredient pectin is found in apples and is an indigestible fibre. It is able to stimulate digestion and contributes to a long-lasting feeling of satiety.

Pectin also binds toxins such as lead and mercury in the body, which benefits the digestive tract. In addition, applesauce helps as a quick rescue for constipation.

Which is healthier - applesauce or apple pulp?

From the outside, there is no difference between the two fruit products. Even the consistency is the same. The difference is only very slight on closer inspection. Applesauce always contains added sweeteners in addition to its own fruit sugar.

According to the guidelines for fruit products in Germany, the prescribed sugar content in applesauce must be at least 16.5 percent. However, an apple naturally has only 11 per cent fructose on average. Therefore, manufacturers enrich the product with sugar in order to be allowed to sell it as applesauce.

Pith, on the other hand, consists only of the fruit's own sugar. On average, apple puree has a third less sugar. You can also see this in the ingredients. Because apple puree should always say 100 % apple and nothing else.

Conclusion

Applesauce is versatile and a very inexpensive sweet porridge that can be wonderfully incorporated into many dishes. Whether at home or on the go the muse is the perfect dessert or simply a good snack for in between.

If you are unsure about the sugar content of applesauce, you could try making your own. Because it has many health benefits - whether for small or large. It is rich in fibre, has many vitamins and is good for digestion.

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