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Homemade Applesauce

Homemade Applesauce

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Makes a lot.
By Dennis W. Viau; modified from several recipes.

When I needed applesauce for a pork chops recipe, I chose to make my own. It’s easy and fun. It’s also delicious because you can control the amount of sugar. You could even substitute with honey or agave syrup for a more healthy sauce. A little fresh lemon juice brightens the flavor.

Ingredients:

3 to 4 pounds (1.4 to 1.8kg) apples (Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Jonathan, Fuji, McIntosh, or other baking apples)
2 to 3 strips lemon zest, peeled from the skin of a lemon using a vegetable peeler
Juice of 1 lemon (about 3 to 4 tablespoons)
1 cinnamon stick
¼ cup (50g) packed brown sugar
¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
1 cup (237ml) water
½ teaspoon salt

Directions:

Peel the apples, cut into quarters, then cut out the core. Place the apple pieces in a large pot with all the other ingredients. Bring the liquid to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover the pot and cook for about 30 minutes until the apples are tender. Remove from the heat and allow to cool until comfortable to handle. Remove and discard the lemon peels and the cinnamon stick.

Process the apples through a food mill, potato ricer, or use the back of a large wooden spoon to push the fruit through the screen of a large sieve. Chill and serve.

This applesauce freezes well.