Daily Preserves: Applesauce

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Homemade applesauce is very, very easy. If you are looking for a way to use up a lot of fresh apples, or something delicious to give away to friends this fall, homemade applesauce can't be beat.

Fresh, homemade applesauce is a treat with dinner, especially pork. We like spicy, paprika-seasoned pork chops pan-seared with a side of applesauce. We also like extra-sweet applesauce with brown sugar and cinnamon as a light dessert. We have a Sweet Applesauce recipe in our archives.

But all you really need are apples and water. Click through for basic directions on how to make applesauce at home.

• Choose sweet apples - they make the best sauce. Soft, bruised windfalls that you don't want to eat raw are perfect.
• Peel and core the apples and cut them into slices.
• Put in a large pot with about a cup of water and simmer until soft.
• Mash, puree, or put through a food mill or food processor until the sauce is as chunky or smooth as you prefer.
• Return to the pan and add a little cinnamon and salt.

You can also use cider instead of water to simmer the apples.

If you would like to actually can and preserve your applesauce, you can find instructions for that here: Canning Applesauce. Canned applesauce will keep for about 2 years.

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