Easy Homemade Apple Sauce

When I taught school, I made applesauce with some of my classes. I had each student bring in 1 apple. When the students were doing there morning routines, I would dice the apples up and place them in my crock pot. Throughout the day as I would open the lid and stir, the smell of cooking apples with cinnamon and sugar filled the room and half way down the hall. I had many visitors popping in to see where the smell was coming from. A neat memory for me!

I am not an applesauce fan. At least not the store bought kind. I love homemade applesauce. There is something about the texture, knowing that the apples have not been beat half to death to make a "perfectly" smooth applesauce. Yes, I like a little chunky in my applesauce.

Easy Homemade Apple Sauce

20 apples peeled, cored and chopped
1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 cup water

Place water and apples in a large pot.

Mix sugar and cinnamon together and pour over apples.

Bring apples to a boil and reduce heat and simmer until soft. When the apples are soft, remove from heat, so they will not continue cooking and darken. Use a potato masher and mash the apples. If you have a stick blender, you can use it to blend the chunks down.

When the apple sauce is at the desired consistency, place in hot sterile canning jars and place in a boiling water bath for about 10-15 minutes.

Makes about 8 pints.

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