Homemade applesauce too bitter
November 9, 2012 11:14 AM Subscribe
How to fix bitter taste in homemade applesauce?
posted by primate moon to food & drink (10 answers total)
I made a large batch of applesauce last night, something I do on a fairly regular basis. To my great dismay it's quite bitter. I added more brown sugar to counteract the bitterness, but it hasn't helped. I'm wondering if there's anything else I can do to fix the bitter--not sour, but BITTER--taste.
I used a really good recipe (http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/applesauce/) I have used several times, which includes several strips of lemon peel along with the juice of a lemon. In last night's batch, because I had about a pound more of apples than usual, I upped the lemon peel a little. The recipe also calls for whole cinnamon sticks, brown sugar and white sugar (small amounts), water, and a pinch of salt.
When I was cooking it last night, the apples weren't softening as they should, so I decided to use a potato masher to break them up a little so they would cook down more. The recipe includes this step--after the apples are completely cooked down and softened--but it's supposed to be AFTER you remove the lemon peels and cinnamon sticks. I forgot this and mashed the sauce a little with the peels in there even though it still needed a little more cooking. Is this what accounts for the strong bitter taste, that I mashed the peels and maybe extracted some of their bitter quality more than if they just gently cooked in the sauce, unmolested? Again, the sauce is not too sour, but bitter.
So is there anything I can do to fix this? I know there might be a sort of chemical fix (like adding salt?) or more of a taste fix (more sugar? I hate it to be too sweet). Butter? I made about a gallon of applesauce and I hate to lose it all! Help! And thank you.