When life hands you apples . . .

July 29, 2010

Well, there are a lot of options when life hands you apples. Galette, sauce, pie, crumble, cobbler, cake- really, you can’t go wrong. This time, we made apple sauce.

A big thank you to my neighbor Julien, who started this whole adventure. His tree is so heavy with fruit right now that he called us to see if we would be interested in coming to pick apples. Yes! Absolutely!

The next day, we were planning to have my friends Leanne and Sarah over with their girls to play. I thought that it would be fun to make apple sauce. It’s so, so simple.

First, cut the apples into chunks. Any bad spots go into the compost. I leave the seeds, stems and skins on.

Next, throw the apples into a big pot on medium heat. You can use apple juice or water to help the apples begin to steam- then, they’ll begin to release their own juice to cook in.

Continue cooking on medium to low heat until the apples are very soft (actually, I was going to say mooshy- which is a way better word than soft).

Once the apples are cooked, use a food mill to remove the skins and seeds.

And here’s the finished product:

You can add cinnamon if you want. Also, with early apples like these, the sauce is a bit tart. More apple juice while cooking would have sweetened it up a bit. But, adding a little honey also works.

It’s a fun process and a yummy product. So much more fun to make when you have friends to help you with the work- and the eating!

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