As the recent recipient of generous bags of apples from two different guests, I was inspired by the abundance of fruits in niece Kari's yard along with niece Jessie's known skills to try my hand at making my own applesauce.
The only thing that gave me pause was all the peeling, coring, and slicing--6 pounds' worth! Then I had an aha moment and unearthed my old apple peeler-slicer-corer. Excellent!
Not wanting to miss a beautiful fall afternoon, I scrubbed the table and set up the contraption on the deck. Plein air food prep!
Once I'd done all the prep, I tossed the apple slices, 1.5 cups of water, and 1/8 teaspoon each of ground cloves and cinnamon into a big pot.
After bringing it to a boil, I set the heat to low and let it all simmer, covered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
I like my applesauce not too sweet, so I didn't add any sugar.
I ended up with about 8 cups of applesauce. I froze some and refrigerated some in half pint containers--I'm all set for weeks!