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Applesauce made with Hood River Valley Apples
Pristine Apple Sauce

By Mary Pellegrini

Kiyokawa Family Orchards picked the first apples of the season this week. They posted that the Pristine apples are great for fresh eating, baking, and applesauce!  I had yet to make applesauce in the Ninja Foodi so I decided to give it a go.

Applesauce made with Hood River Valley Apples, Old Parkdale Inn

Pristine Apple Sauce Recipe
  • 10# Pristine apples peeled, cored and cut into 1″ cubes (25 apples)
  • 3 lemon peels
  • 4 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 4 3-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 7 tbs light brown sugar (unpacked)
  • 2 Chai spice tea bags
  • 3 cups water
  1. Add the water, cinnamon sticks, the lemon peels, lemon juice, and brown sugar to Ninja pot and stir to combine. Add apples and toss to mix
  2. Place Pressure lid and make sure it’s in the sealing position and turn toggle to seal.
  3. Select ‘Pressure’, then high. Set time to 10 minutes. Hit start. When finished do a controlled, carefully allow steam to release in short bursts to make sure nothing spews out, quick release.

This made about 10 cups of chunky applesauce with a little bit of spice. If you’d like more of an apple butter, transfer to a blender and blend to desired consistency, transfer to a pot, add a few tablespoons of butter and cook it down a little bit more.

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Applesauce made with Hood River Valley Apples, Old Parkdale Inn

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