In case you haven’t noticed, making your own applesauce is almost painfully easy.
In a large pot, add 3-5 pounds of apples. Cut each apple into 8 pieces. Remove leaves and stems and any lose seeds, but no need to core or peel.
Moisten with 1/2 cup of apple cider. Flavour with a stick of cinnamon and maybe a couple of whole cloves and allspice berries if you’re feeling frisky. Cook for about 40 minutes until the apples are smooshy, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat, fish out the cinnamon stick, and run through a food mill, which will catch the skins and cores we ignored earlier.
Eat a bowl while it’s warm for dessert, then save the rest to eat with latkes.
Cheap Macintosh apples work fine, but you can use pretty much any kind. The $3 honey crisps are probably overkill. If you get a whole bunch of apples, make a larger batch and can it.