Friday, October 10, 2014

Mind your head: Applesauce recipe


Mind your head, the apples are coming down! Those plump pommes are ready to be picked or they quite literally jump off the tree. Picture those angry apples trees in the Wizard of Oz. Yeah, kind-of like that.

We’ve been very apple focused lately: Harvesting, cooking, peeling, crushing, coring, slicing, fermenting and dehydrating.  You can do so much with apples! Apples pie, apple cider, apple sauce, apple cider vinegar, dehydrated apples and just eating the apples straight off the tree. I sound a little like Bubba from Forrest Gump. What you can do with all the apples you pick from your trees (or pick up from the store or farmers market) is only limited by your time and creativity!




Some of my helpers

 Those January apples in the grocery store look a whole lot different to me now. How far have they come to be here in the grocery store? How perfectly round and unblemished you are! I sprayed our apples with Castille soap this year to keep away the borer moths and other insects but normally those apples would be full of holes. While I don't sell our apples, the farms that do go to a lot of trouble to keep those apples whole and I have so much respect for them.

Mind you head: Applesauce

Ingredients:

A whole bunch of apples (just adjust the cinnamon and honey with how many apples you have)
Cinnamon ½ teaspoon or more to taste
Honey (optional- a little goes a long way)
 
Directions:

  1. Cut the apples in half and core them taking off any impurities. You can leave on the peels or take them off, your choice.

  2. Cover the apples with water. Cook on low until the apples are soft enough to mash.

  3. When the apples are soft, add cinnamon and honey if you think it needs more sugar.

  4. Use a potato masher and mash till your hearts content or food processor. Taste and adjust honey and cinnamon. Let the applesauce cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate.

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