Applesauce is delicious in cakes, as a side dish, or all on its own. Save money by making your own in a few simple steps.
Step 1: Core and slice apples into eighths Core and slice each of the apples into eighths.
Step 2: Cook all ingredients over medium heat Combine the apples, sugar, water, and the juice from half of a lemon in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the apples are very soft.
TIP: Use less water for a thicker, lumpier sauce and more water for a thinner, runnier sauce.
Step 3: Process apples in a food mill Move the apples to a food mill fitted with a fine-holed disk, and process to remove the seeds and skins.
TIP: Use a fork to mash up the apples if you don't have a food mill, but be sure to pick out all of the seeds and bits of skin.
Step 4: Refrigerate in covered container up to 3 days Transfer the applesauce to a container with a tight-fitting lid, and store it in the refrigerator. Your applesauce will stay fresh for up to 3 days.
Step 5: Serve with cinnamon Serve the applesauce alone or with pork chops or another favorite dish. Sprinkle it with a pinch of cinnamon for added flavor.
FACT: According to the U.S. Apple Association, 7,500 different apple growers grow almost 100 varieties of apples in 36 states.