We bought lots of extra apples at the farmer's market so I could make applesauce. Homemade applesauce is a most simple, delicious, warm, homey, nutritious snack - perfect for fall. Being a lover of quality kitchen gadgets and also of tasty homemade food, my dear husband granted my wish for a food mill. I am now the very happy owner of the Oxo Good Grips Food Mill which makes applesauce super easy.
Wash the apples and chop them with a handy dandy apple slicer - you don't need to peel or core the apples - I love that. Put about an inch of water in the bottom of a large pot and throw in all the apple pieces. Bring to a boil then lower the heat and simmer, covered, until apples are cooked through. Mine took about 40 minutes.
Then run the apples through the food mill. The Oxo lives up to its reputation of comfortable, easy to use kitchen gadgets. It takes a lot of turning to process the apples, but it's very fast and easy and the comfortable spinning rubber knob makes it a breeze.
Stir in a spoonful of cinnamon if you like.
We enjoyed our applesauce warm for lunch with cheese and crackers. My big stock pot of apples cooked down to about five quarts of applesauce, and by the end of the day it was all gone. I would like to make more and maybe freeze some for the winter - we'll have to see if the next batch 'evaporates' as fast as this one did.