How to Make Homemade Apple Sauce

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Homemade apple sauce is the perfect snack or dessert during the holiday season, and it makes for a heartfelt gift when packaged in small mason jars. Cook old-fashioned apple sauce this holiday season with help from a professional chef in this free video on Christmastime favorites.

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Hi, I'm Michelle Karam with Dishes by Michelle in Los Angeles, California. During the Fall season or the holidays, one of those fruits that happen to be just so plentiful are apples, and what's better to make with apples than homemade applesauce? You know that it's free of those sugars and preservatives that those store-bought ones can be. So, here's my recipe today on homemade applesauce. Making applesauce at home isn't nearly as hard as you might think it would be. All you need really is some apples, some sugar, some cinnamon, and a little bit of water. It's nothing to it. Probably the most thing you'll spend, the most amount of time is peeling and coring your apples, and I'm just going to start peeling and coring, and you know what, while I'm doing this I'll probably start thinking about my Christmas list and what I need to be buying for gifts for people, especially my kids. So, after you have them peeled, instead of sitting here and cutting them and coring them yourself, I've got a little handy dandy gadget that actually kind of does it for you, and this is just an apple corer and peeler, and there it cuts them into those perfect little pieces that I'm looking for. So now, all we've got to do is just peel them and the core just pops right out. Alright, so I have all of my apples ready, and we're going to move to the cooktop now and get these cooking. So, this is where this recipe just goes into high speed and becomes super simple, and it's just a matter of adding a few ingredients because the apples speak for themselves, and they're sweet and delicious anyways. So, we're going to take our apples and we're just going to add them to this pan. We might have a few casualties and lose a few here and there, recover. Okay, and then I'm going to take half a cup of brown sugar and half a cup of granulated sugar that I have mixed together and just pour that on top. I'm going to put a pinch of salt, just a pinch. I have one tablespoon of lemon juice and that's just to keep it from discoloring, and then half a cup of water, and we're just going to pour that all just right on top, give it a stir. Make sure that the apples get real coated real well with the sugar, and then I'm just going to throw a stick of cinnamon in there. You could add ground cinnamon if you wanted to, that's just going to add a little bit of flavor, and then we're just going to let this simmer for about 25 to 30 minutes on low heat. So, my apples have been cooking down for the last 30 minutes. I'm going to remove the cinnamon stick that I had in there because nobody can bite into that, and now I'm going to start mashing them, and you're just going to go and take your potato masher and just go ahead and start mashing. This isn't going to be one of those like real fine apple sauces. I'm sure if you wanted to you could put this in the blender and get it pureed really well but I like my applesauce a little bit more chunky, homemade, a little bit more bits of apples that you can bite into it and still know what kind of fruit it is when you're eating it, and all of the extra water that was in there it's been absorbed into it now, so that's what kind of made the sauce in there. So, don't freak out when you look in it and see that there's still water in there. Once you get mashing, it all absorbs into there. And the next thing we're going to do is we're going to take this great applesauce, which look at how incredible it looks, and I have these cute little jars, and I'm just going to put them in there, almost like you would baby food for applesauce. And how cute is that to set that on the table maybe, and you know, per two people sitting there, kind of put it between them, and now I'm just going to put these lids on these and you could even write on the top of it, applesauce. You could tie it with a bow and put it on there. It's a pretty gift to even give to somebody. They're great. Here is our applesauce. It's homemade. It's full of love and it's full of deliciousness, and isn't that what the holidays are all about? I'm Michelle Karam with Dishes by Michelle. Thank you so much for watching my video on homemade applesauce.

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