Applesauce

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I have discovered my new favorite snack! And it’s not hard to make a lot of it. Keep this in your fridge and you will never be hungry again! But it is by far best homemade, cause then you can get just the right amount of chunkiness for your liking and the right spice mixture, feel free to play with my spice mixture to make it to your liking.

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There are two ways to make applesauce. One is easier than the other, but it requires this piece of equipment. If you don’t have it and don’t want to get it, don’t worry, a blender or food processor will do the trick, it just means peeling! I use both methods and they both work great.

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This is the sort of thing that you make a lot of and snack on all the time. It is such a good, healthy alternative to so many other snack foods you may crave…and you don’t even necessarily need sugar. I usually use honey, but it is fine without, especially if you have very sweet apples.

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And when you make this apple sauce don’t go finding the best organic apples for it. Use the cheapest apples you can find. It makes a great sauce either way.

The ingredients are the same for either method, so go with these proportions, but feel free to change add or modify the ingredients as you see fit.

three times as many apples as you want sauce  i.e. if you want 1 cup of sauce, use about 3 cups of apples. It cooks down.
1 cup water
about a tablespoon of honey for every 2 of apples you are using.
about 3 inches of fresh ginger
1 tablespoon whole cloves
1 stick of cinnamon
1 teaspoon whole black pepper

If you are using this, or any other type of food mill follow this method, if not, scroll down.

Cut the apples in half and scoop out the core with a melon baller or cut them into quarters and cut out the cores with a knife.
Add all the ingredients to a large pot with a lid and cook on medium heat until the apples are very soft and easily smashed with a wooden spoon.
Allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
Add the cooked apples to the food mill and churn it until the apples come out the other side in the form as apple sauce! And there you go!

For the second method, with a blender or food processor…

Use the same ingredient list as the last recipe, just a slightly different method.
Peel the apples first, then cut into quarters and cut the core out of each quarter.
Use a tea ball to hold the spices, or use ground spices, but whole spices taste better. Keep the ginger separate.
Add all the ingredients to a large pot with a lid and cook on medium heat until the apples are very soft and easily smashed with a wooden spoon.
Allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
Take the ginger and the tea ball full of spices out of the apples. Add the apples to a food processor or blender. Pulse for a few seconds at a time until it is the desired apple sauce texture.

Serve with a meaty meal…or just snack!

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