Awesome Applesauce

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Awesome Applesauce: What I've Learned So Far

Most people I know ate applesauce growing up. Often out of a jar, or in individual tubs (or tubes), it's quick and easy to pack into lunches. This recipe for awesome applesauce shows you how easy it is to make this at home - using organic apples and filtered water - for a really natural, healthy treat.

When I first met my husband, he used to prefer his applesauce warm, and would put it in the microwave - what? EW! He told me his mother always made it from scratch, and would serve it as soon as she had finished, so it was still hot from the stove. Hmmmm. And then, a few years later, my wonderful mother-in-law showed me how to make it. I don't think I've purchased store applesauce since. Thank you Laurel Copeland!

Awesome Applesauce ingredients from recipe by Vegetarian Atlas.

In a way, I'm cheating this week because this isn't truly a recipe. It's just me passing on the knowledge of how to make applesauce. And if you've got the right kitchen tools, there's really nothing to it.

It was really amazing to watch my in-laws make applesauce. My father-in-law would take a paring knife to peel and core the apples, and then my mother-in-law would chop them and put them in the pot to cook. She actually used a spoon to mash up the apples - I used a potato masher - so you can honestly make wonderful applesauce without having to invest in anything extra (but I'm not gonna lie, having a Kitchen Aid with an attachment to help is really nice).

The Ingredients and Recipe

You'll Need:

• Apples of any variety, depending on what you like. At least five, but up to 10 for a week's worth for a couple of people.

• Water

• Anything you want to add after the applesauce is done - honey, maple syrup, walnuts, cinnamon, apple pie spice, etc.

Do This:

If you don't have a food mill or a Kitchen Aid with a grinder attachment, it will be a bit more time consuming, and I'll cover making applesauce "the old fashioned way" first.

You need to peel, slice and core the apples. I've used one of those slicer/corer tools that you just push down over the top. And then I used a vegetable peeler to peel each slice. While it was a bit time consuming, I got pretty quick at it.

Put the apples in a large pot, and fill with water to cover the apples. Bring to a boil on the stove. You'll want to boil them down until there's very little water left.

When there's only a little water left in the pot, take a potato masher and start mashing the apples. Mash to the consistency you want, adding water if needed, or cooking longer to evaporate more water.

If you do have a food mill or other tool, it's pretty quick. You don't need to peel or core - just chop up the apples, put in a pot, cover them with water, and boil until the apples are soft.

Drain the apples, and then process.

Awesome Applesauce Notes

• What I love about making my own applesauce is that I can use any apples I like - tart, sweet, or a combination.

• You can add to your finished applesauce - cinnamon is my personal fave, but I've also tried real maple syrup, cloves, apple pie spice - quite a few things. Experiment!

• Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator - just like you would a jar of applesauce.

Awesome Applesauce recipe by Vegetarian Atlas.

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