If you’ve recently been to the orchard, chances are you still have an over-abundance of fresh, ripe apples scattered around your kitchen begging to be enjoyed! While many of my friends bake wonderful pies or simply enjoy the fruit on its own, I was surprised to find out how many didn’t use their red delights for enjoying fresh applesauce. The common misunderstanding is that applesauce is difficult to make. This simply isn’t true! With my quick and easy applesauce recipe, you will be serving up bowls full of apple goodness throughout the holiday season and beyond.
The best part of making your own applesauce is you can select organic apples, control the sugar used in each batch and ensure you have zero preservatives!
Quick and Easy Applesauce**
16 cups apples, cored, peeled and chopped
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
In a large saucepan over medium heat, add water, lemon juice and apples. Cook, stirring occasionally until apples are tender. Remove from heat.
For chunky applesauce: In a large mixing bowl, add sugar and apples. Mash with a fork or masher until sugar is combined and chunky applesauce is formed.
For smooth applesauce: Using a food processor, puree apples. In a large mixing bowl, add puree and sugar, and mix until sugar is dissolved into applesauce.
Ladle applesauce into freezer containers, leaving a 1/2-inch headspace. Seal, label, and stack containers in freezer for storage.
**Excerpt from “Getting Laid: Everything You Need to Know About Raising Chickens, Gardening and Preserving — with Over 100 Recipes!” by Barb Webb (c) 2015
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