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Old-Fashioned Applesauce
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This applesauce is exquisite and easier than you’d think to make.
  • CourseBreakfast, Dessert, Side dish
  • CuisineGluten-free, Local ingredients, Vegetarian
  • 9 cups apples, peeled, cored & quartered
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4-1/2 cup maple syrup or brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1 tsp. butter, unsalted
  1. Combine apples and cider in large saucepan or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil over medium heat; turn heat to low, and simmer until apples are tender (about 20 minutes).
  2. After apples have become tender, add lemon juice, sugar, salt; simmer for 1 minute. Grate in nutmeg.
  3. Use fork or potato masher to break up apples.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: If using a food mill, remove apples after cooking in cider; put through food mill, using coarse screen; return to pan to cook for additional 1 minute.

Tip: To save time, use a pressure cooker!

Just bring apples, cider & 1 tsp butter up to high pressure.  Turn off heat, let sit 10 min., then express remaining pressure.  Remove lid and add lemon juice, sugar, salt and simmer 1 minute.  Add nutmeg and mash.


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