Fast Easy Homemade Applesauce
A friend of mine called and asked me what was the best way to use up a bunch of apples and I naturally suggested applesauce. I often find the crisper drawer in my own refrigerator filled with a variety of apples and end up throwing them into a pot with a few ingredients to create a delicious homemade applesauce. It’s so versatile – I add it to oatmeal at breakfast, blend a scoopful into smoothies, use it to replace pumpkin in muffin recipes and it’s also a great accompaniment to many main course dishes.
4 pounds apples, such as McIntosh, Gala, and Braeburn
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
1 cup apple juice (or water)
3 inches of cinnamon stick
Pinch of salt
3 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)
1. Peel, core, and slice apples.
2. In a large pot, bring apples, salt, lemon juice, cinnamon stick, and apple juice (or water) to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer until apples are very soft and falling apart, 25 to 30 minutes.
3. Mash with a potato masher or pulse in a food processor until smooth with small chunks remaining. (Add sugar, if using.)
4. Let cool, and then transfer applesauce to airtight containers.