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Linda's (easy) Homemade Applesauce

Some things just go together....like oven roasted chicken accompanied by applesauce. I made that observation during dinner a few weeks ago, and Linda commented that her Mother always made the world's greatest applesauce...so after a phone consultation with Erma and a visit to Fresh Market, here is her take on a great, rural classic.


Ingredients:

4 pounds of cooking apples, preferably a blend of 2 kinds...ideally with Lodi and Paula Reds, but a 2nd batch made with all Galas turned out as tasty...double quartered, but not peeled or cored.
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
10 whole cloves
3/4 cup brown sugar (if you like it less sweet, use 1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon of fresh zest of lemon
1/2 cup water

Preparation:

Put all ingredients in large stock pot (see photo), and cook over fairly high heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep all of the apples turning in the hot syrup, but not sticking, until all of them are fork tender. Cool mixture for about 10 minutes, and then put 1/3 batch in a food mill with a fine grating surface (yes, we had to go buy one at Sur la Table...always wanted one but hadn't had a reason to buy one), and grind until left with just skins. Repeat for next 2 batches....refrigerate, and then roast a chicken for dinner and enjoy...that is what we did!!