Homemade Applesauce

We have a bountiful of apples this year. I even went to a beautiful apple orchard with a friend, and picked some.

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Our tree in our backyard is packed with them. I’ve already made some apple pie filling and an apple pie with the ones I’ve picked so far.  Tonight I made apple sauce.

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I sometimes buy those little cups of applesauce that you get in the store and eat them as a snack at work. I also remember getting them in my lunch bag at school. Now, they have all sorts of different flavors of applesauce like strawberry,  raspberry, and peach. I feel like I was jipped as a kid.

 

Now that I am older and can make my own applesauce I can do whatever I darn well please with it. I can add in tons of cinnamon, mix in some cranberries, or serve it with some pork tenderloin if I wanted too. Maybe even add in some bacon?  Apples and pork marry well together. Whoever thought of that was a genious.

 

 

Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients from Simply Recipes

Ingredients

3 to 4 lbs of peeled, cored, and quartered apples. (Make sure you use a good cooking apple like Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Granny Smith, Fuji, Jonathan, Mcintosh, or Gravenstein.)
4 strips of lemon peel – use a vegetable peeler to strip 4 lengths
Juice of one lemon, about 3-4 Tbsp
3 inches of cinnamon stick
1/4 cup of dark brown sugar
up to 1/4 cup of white sugar
1 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon of salt

Method

1 Put all ingredients into a large pot. Cover. Bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.

2 Remove from heat. Remove cinnamon sticks and lemon peels. Mash with potato masher.

Ready to serve, either hot or refrigerated. Delicious with vanilla ice cream or vanilla yogurt.

Freezes easily, lasts up to one year in a cold freezer.

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