Once you’ve tried this, you’ll never want to go back to canned!
- 5 lb. Red Delicious apples [figure about 3 apples per pound]
- 5 lb. Granny Smith green apples
- 5 lb. golden delicious yellow apples
- 10 oz. bottle 100% apple juice [or any pure fruit juice you like]
- ½ cup [+/-] powdered Stevia sweetener
- 2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- dash salt
Preparation Time: 60 minutes; cook time 1 ½ hours from beginning of preparation time
Yield: 30 servings Serving size: ½ cup.
Peel, core and slice apples into a 2 quart dish. When the dish is full, transfer the apples to a large Dutch oven, pour in the apple juice, cover and begin to cook the apples down on low heat. Continue preparing the remaining apples, transferring them to the pan as you fill the 2 quart dish. Each time you add uncooked apples, mash the ones that have been cooking in order to make room for the new ones. [I use a potato masher.] If you are really fast at peeling [or if it has become a family project] precook some of the apples in the microwave to speed up the process. When the pan is almost full, add the remaining ingredients and continue cooking and mashing until the applesauce has reached the desired consistency. The whole process usually takes me an hour and a half.
- 150 calories
- 0 g. fat
- 37 g. carbohydrate
- 1.5 g. fiber
- <1 g. protein
Using 3 different varieties of apples imparts differing nutritional value: the green apples are very low in calories while the red ones are twice as sweet! Besides, the tarts green apples combine with the softer yellow apples and the hard, sweet red apples to give the finished product great flavor! To save money, purchase the apples in 5 lb. bags.