Homemade Applesauce

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Another snow storm is making its way through Illinois, what’s another 5 to 8 inches anyways?  Snow storms set off my inner urge to cook and bake and today I thought I’d try homemade applesauce.  Lately I have been looking at labels in the grocery store to see what ingredients I need to make my own versions at home.  Well, if you look at the labels of most salad dressings, sauces, breads, and so on, you will notice a lot of ingredients that you have never seen on grocery store shelves.  This applesauce is all natural, (no added sugar or preservatives), requires only 3 ingredients, is so easy to make, and tastes so great that you will probably never buy it at the grocery store again.  Would also make a great baby food!

Ingredients:

5 lbs Golden Delicious Apples

Water

2 cinnamon sticks

Directions:

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Peel and Core 5 lbs of Golden Delicious apples and place them in a large sauce pan.  Then go to your faucet and add about 2 inches of water.

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Over high heat bring water to a boil.

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Add cinnamon sticks.  Reduce heat to a simmer.  Cover and simmer for 1 hour.

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After an hour, your apples will soften and there will be an increased amount of liquid in the pot.

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With a spoon, stir the apples.  They will break down and become a chunky sauce.  Remove the cinnamon sticks.  If you like chunky apple sauce you can stop here.

Warning: when you try the mixture when it is piping hot it will not taste as flavorful, so do not feel inclined to add sugar, wait until it cools down a little bit and it will taste perfect.

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I prefer a smoother applesauce, if you are feeding this to a baby you will want to smooth it out as well.  Make sure you remove the cinnamon sticks and pour the applesauce into a blender.  Blend until desired consistency.

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Pour the applesauce into jars and enjoy!

Click here for printable recipe.

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