Applesauce in Three Steps! {with bonus Apple Butter recipe}

Ready for a super tricky recipe? Well...look elsewhere because what I have for you here is a "no excuse" post about making applesauce.  Are you ready?  Start with some good applesauce apples.  I used Golden Delicious.
Add about an inch of water to a stock pot. 
Quarter clean apples.  
 Fill the stock pot, cover with a lid and steam on medium heat until mushy. 
 Send them for a ride in the Foley Food Mill...
And you have applesauce.  If you want you can add sugar and or cinnamon but neither is needed. 
I love making applesauce like this because there is as little waste as possible.  This was all that was left out of a bushel of apples! I freeze in jars making sure I allow for expansion.
I got all of this from my bushel...those four darker jars are apple butter.  To make that...

Just follow the steps above for 12-15 apples.

Add the resulting applesauce to your crockpot along with:
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1 tablespoon of lemon (or lime, that's what I had on hand)
1 teaspoon of ground allspice
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
1 1/2cups of dark brown sugar
1/2 cups of white sugar

Combine well, set your crockpot on high and crack the lid a bit so water can evaporate.  Cook down for three hours or so or until the mixture thickens.  Cool and refrigerate for up to three weeks.

Enjoy! These both make great gifts and are a huge hit when I give them!

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