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Applesauce is so easy to make and its versatility from ingredients to uses is endless. For the apples, you can use Golden Delicious, MacIntosh, Pippin, Northern Spy or any good cooking apple.  For the sweetner, you can use white sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, or even apple juice.  For the spices, you can use cinnamon, ginger, lemon, mace, or nutmeg.  I have even made applesauce with strawberries and cranberries. 

Other than the obvious side or snack, how about applesauce for breakfast, over yogurt or granola?  Pack a container for your child's lunch.  Serve as a side to roast meats or potato pancakes.   Don't forget to use it in your baked goods.  But do you want to know my favorite way to eat it?  I love it while it is still warm with a scoop of  vanilla ice cream.  Yummy!  Applesauce also freezes beautifully, but mine never lasts that long in our house.


4 lbs cooking apples, peeled, cored and quartered
juice of 1 lemon
1 cinnamon stick
up to 1/2 cup sugar (I use 1/2 brown and 1/2 white), depending on the sweetness of the apples
3/4- 1 cup water, depending on the juiciness of apples
1/2 tsp salt

Place all the ingredients into a large saucepan.  Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, over medium heat until tender about 20-30 minutes. Remove from the heat.  Discard the cinnamon stick.  Depending on how you like your applesauce, mash with a spoon, potato masher, or pass it through a food mill.  Serve warm or chilled.  Enjoy! 


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