Peel of 1/2 lemon in large strip ( including the white)
1/4 cup of Maple Syrup (optional- I would recommended you try the unsweetened version first)
You can actually make 2 recipes at the same time – homemade apple cider AND apple sauce!
First, if you want to make the applesauce, just peel, core, and quarter the apples. If you don’t want to make the applesauce, just quarter the apples, no need to remove the cores, seeds, or peels.
Place apples in a large stock pot and cover with water. Fill the pot with water until they are covered (about 2 inches).
Add the remaining ingredients.
Bring the mixture to a boil, then turn down the heat and cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Stir frequently.
After 30 minutes, turn the heat down to medium, then cover and cook for about an hour and a half.
Once the apples are essentially mush, take a potato masher and mash them. Let the mixture cook for another 30 minutes.
Strain out the apple chunks from the liquid, but be careful to save both the liquid (apple cider) and mush (applesauce).
For the apple cider, we’re all done! Taste and decide if you wish to add the maple syrup. If you do, bring the apple cider to a boil and add the maple syrup and mix well. Bottle using a reusable bottle or mason jars. Keep in the fridge.The “adult version” of the cider will include some vodka….up to you!
For the applesauce, you may need to give it a blend in a food processor or just smash it a couple additional times with a potato masher. Again taste first and decide if you want to add maple syrup. If you do, just add the maple syrup and blend for extra 30 seconds.