Growing up, Larry's family had a tradition of eating applesauce at most meals. Since we've started doing weekly zoom dinners with his family, they decided everyone should always have applesauce for dessert. Cute! But it's been hard to find jars of applesauce. We're just seeing pouches and single-serve containers as options at Costco and our Instacart orders. Yuck.  But apples are easy to get. And I make a mean ginger pear sauce.... So why not make applesauce, too? Of course!


7-8 apples (I use gala or fuji), chopped
1/4 cup sugar (brown or white)
juice from one lemon
1 C water
1/2 tsp cinnamon, or a cinnamon stick


Chop the apples and eat around the core :) Oh, I leave the skin on, of course - it's where most of the nutrition is.

Put the apples in a soup pot and add sugar, lemon, cinnamon and water. Stir and let sit awhile as you putter around (like an hour or three; whatever fits your schedule - but stir it occasionally).

Cook the mixture over medium heat for 20-30 minutes, stirring frequently. Let cool, and then mash it more if you like, but we like it chunky so I don't.

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