Why Homemade Applesauce Is So Worth It

It's cheap. Individual servings of applesauce cost about $3.49 for six four-ounce cups, while a three-pound bag of apples costs $7.99 this time of year (that's enough to make more than 2½ quarts of applesauce).

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It's easy. Seriously, all you need are apples and you're ready to make some homemade applesauce. Chop them up (leave the skin on for a rustic, pink version with extra fiber) and toss them in a pot with a bit of water and some lemon juice. Cook them until soft, and then mash with a potato masher.

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You know what's in it. "Natural" applesauce is the best kind, but it's often more expensive than the regular stuff that has all kinds of extra, unnecessary ingredients.

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It's better for you. This benefit is along the same lines as knowing what's in your food. Fresh apples are deliciously sweet. Sure, you can add some spices or a bit of sugar to boost the flavor, but plain applesauce is a treat on its own.

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It's delicious. You'll only know if you try.

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Julie Ruggirell is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @TDMRecipeEditor.