Recipes and Cooking Chunky Applesauce 4.3 (4) Add your rating & review This fruity side-dish recipe is the perfect accompaniment to any meal. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on June 14, 2011 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Andy Lyons Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 20 mins Cool Time: 1 hr Total Time: 1 hr 35 mins Servings: 12 Yield: 6 cups Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 6 sprigs fresh thyme 4 pound red and/or green cooking apples, cored and cut in chunks ½ cup water ½ - ¾ cup granulated sugar Brown sugar (optional) Fresh thyme sprigs (optional) Directions Tie thyme sprigs with clean kitchen string. In 8-qt. Dutch oven combine apples, thyme, and 1/2 cup water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 20 minutes or until apples just begin to break up, stirring occasionally. Remove thyme. With potato masher or large spoon mash apples slightly. Sweeten to taste with granulated sugar. Cool completely. Ladle applesauce into half-pint freezer containers, leaving a 1/2-inch head space; seal and label. Store 3 weeks in refrigerator or up to 6 months in freezer. Makes about 7 half-pints (12, 1/2-cup servings). Stir before serving. Sprinkle with brown sugar and thyme. Slow-Cooker Method: Place apple chunks in a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker. Stir in 1/2 cup sugar and 4 to 6 inches stick cinnamon (omit thyme and water). Cover; cook on high-heat setting 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until apples are very tender. Cool mixture 1 hour; remove cinnamon. Mash slightly with a potato masher, or process with an immersion blender or food processor. Sweeten to taste with granulated sugar. Stir before serving. To Freeze: Quick-cool applesauce by placing Dutch oven or slow cooker liner in sink filled with ice water; stir mixture to cool. Ladle into wide-top freezer containers, leaving 1/2-inch head space; seal, label and freeze. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 106 Calories 28g Carbs 4g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 12 Calories 106 % Daily Value * Sodium 2mg 0% Total Carbohydrate 28g 10% Total Sugars 23g Protein 4g Vitamin C 7.7mg 39% Calcium 10.1mg 1% Iron 0.4mg 2% Potassium 154mg 3% Folate, total 4mcg Vitamin B-6 0.1mg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.