Homemade applesauce

Makes a quart of applesauce to feed 4 people

  • 3 apples such as MacIntosh, Gala, Granny Smith, etc
  • 1/2 cup apple cider, or other juice
  • 2 Tb sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Wash and chop apples into bite-sized pieces.  In 3 qt saucepan, combine apples with juice, sugar and cinnamon and bring to a boil.  Turn down to simmer and cook until apples are tender, perhaps 10 minutes.  Pour hot apple mixture into food processor and pulse until desired consistency…~ 5 for chunky, longer for smooth.

If you like your applesauce chunky but detest the mouth feel of peels, then peel apples beforehand.

If you prefer smooth applesauce, I wouldn’t bother peeling since the processing step will smooth out the texture, and you will retain the nutrients/pectin of the skinsl

If you like raisins/dried cranberries, add after processing but while still warm to plump the dried fruit.

Serve warm or cold.

Store in refrigerator for 5 days.