How To: Make applesauce from fresh apples

Make applesauce from fresh apples

Applesauce is a childhood classic treat and if you have a bunch of extra apples you especially ones that might have a few flaws are perfect for making your own fresh sauce at home. This is easy and a very healthy and tasty snack.

Buy any kind of fresh apples for this. You may want to focus on the kind of apples that you already like. Some apples, like Rome, are "pie" apples, and they do well for applesauce too. However, any kind of apples will do. You may want to mix different ones, just to make it interesting.
Use the type of sweetener you are accustomed to. Honey works especially well in this, and adds more flavor, as does brown sugar. Peel apples whole. When they are all peeled, cut off chunks of each apple into a bowl, until you are pretty much down to the core, working around the apple. Discard the core. Place apple chunks, sweetener, water and either nutmeg (oh, so good!) or cinnamon into a pot big enough to hold it all. Stir. Bring to boil, lower heat to med/low, cover. Cook approximately one hour. Cook less if you want small pieces of crisp apple in it. Mash apples with a potato masher. If you don't have one, use any utensil that will mash them. Applesauce can be made thicker by leaving the top off the pot and letting some water cook off. To make thinner, add a bit more water and let cook another ten minutes. Cool or eat warm.

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