Quick & Easy Applesauce

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Making your own applesauce is easy, hands-off and a fun project with kids. Eco-friendly cookbook author and chef Louisa Shafia shows how you can use any combination of apples and spices to create a rustic, homemade applesauce that works equally well as a snack or side dish.

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Hi, I'm Louisa Shafia, on eHow.com, and today I'm going to show you how to make really simple applesauce. All you do is start with sweet apples. I have a bunch of Fuji apples here but honestly you could use whatever apples you have around. If you don't have sweet ones, you could add some sugar, you could add some honey, you could add maple syrup but if you have sweet apples like Ida Reds, like Fujis, Empires, Galas, those are great to start with and all you do is you dice them up, you put them in a pot with a little bit of water, enough to cover and let them cook, bring it to a boil, let them simmer for gosh, anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and they will become really soft and mushy in the pot and all you need to do is go in with a masher, a potato masher like yo would use for potatoes and mash them up and you have a great side dish. You could add cinnamon, nutmeg, some people add cloves, allspice. I like to just add a dash of salt and that's it, but it's a very forgiving recipe and you really can't over cook the applesauce but you do want to make sure that you have enough water in the pot so that it doesn't dry out. So here are some apples that have been simmering for about an hour. They're nice and soft. All I need to do is mash them up with my big potato masher. So this is always kind of fun. Um, so this applesauce looks great. It's really well mashed but it's a little bit chunky so it looks nice and homemade and rustic. So let's taste a little bit of this. Now applesauce is a great side dish for pretty much anything you're making. You can serve it with sauteed mushrooms, grilled chicken, pork and it's really wonderful and warming in the Wintertime. I actually like to have it for breakfast sometimes. So there's no need to ever buy store bought applesauce again. Let's give this a taste. It's really naturally sweet. Um, it's delicious. It's so much better than a store bought applesauce. I'm Louisa Shafia. I'll see you next time on eHow.com.

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