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6 cups
Prep time:
10 minutes
Cooking time:
30 minutes


3 ½ pounds apples, peeled, cored, and roughly chopped (8 to 9 medium apples)
1 cup water
1 ½ cups cranberries (fresh or frozen)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
⅓ cup packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoons lemon juice (optional)


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to simmer. Cover and cook 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Use a potato masher or fork to mash mixture to the consistency you want. Serve warm or cold.
  4. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


  • When frozen or fresh cranberries are not available, substitute canned cranberry sauce for the cranberries and brown sugar. Add 1 can (14 ounces) of cranberry sauce to the saucepan after the mixture has been simmering for about 15 minutes.
  • For a smooth texture, puree in batches in a regular blender, using the manufacturer's directions for pureeing hot liquids.