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Kittencal's Chunky or Smooth Applesauce (Fat Free/Freezable)

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“You may adjust the amount of sugar and cinnamon to taste, this applesauce freezes well just transfer to 1/2-cup plastic containers and freeze, to defrost just pop into the microwave for 30 seconds --- use for baking, cooking or eating :)”
READY IN:
30mins
SERVES:
10-12
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 12 lbs apples, peeled, cored and chopped (leave coarsely chopped for chunky applesauce)
  • 34 cup unsweetened apple juice or 34 cup water
  • 12-1 cup white sugar (or use white and brown)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 12 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions

  1. For CHUNKY applesauce; place the coarsely chopped apples and apple juice or water, 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg into a large saucepan; simmer uncovered over medium-low heat occasionally stirring and pushing down with a potato masher or back of a large spoon while cooking until desired texture is achieved.
  2. Cook until the apples are tender but still chunky, about 12-15 minutes, adjusting the sugar amount to taste while cooking.
  3. Mix in lemon juice.
  4. Cool completely then refrigerate or freeze in containers if desired.
  5. For SMOOTH applesauce; cool the apple mixture then place in a blender; puree until smooth.
  6. Cool completely then refrigerate or freeze if desired.

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