Thursday, September 22, 2011

Easy Cinnamon Applesauce

Night before last, I was surprised by a wall post by a friend on my personal Facebook page that said, "the zucchini fairy strikes again."  I sprinted from my bedroom, where I'd been working on my computer, to the front door, where I'd left an offering of pears for the zucchini fairy a few days prior.  My kids thought I was nuts as I swung open the door until they saw the bag that had mysteriously appeared there.  I swept up the bag and took it to the table to examine the contents and discovered, to my delight, apples!  Yay for the zucchini fairy!

One of my favorite things to do with apples is make applesauce.  When the kids are left loose in the house with whole apples, we end up with a lot of waste, since the kids will raid the fridge for them when I'm not looking and I'll find nasty old partially eaten apples all over the house every time I clean.  With applesauce, they usually need help to get it, so there is more portion control and a lot less waste.  Plus it is tasty as heck!  It's also surprising easy to make.


Peel (some recipes say the peeling is optional, but my children tell me it is not) and core apples.  Cut into slices or chunks.  Put in a large pot with a little water, about 1 1/2 cups per 5 pounds of apples.  Cook until tender.  Mash with a potato masher until desired consistency.  Stir in cinnamon to taste.  Ladle hot applesauce into hot jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace (do NOT overfill.  Cleaning the canner after a jar's top pops off is no fun).  Adjust 2 piece caps and process in water bath canner for 20 minutes.  May also be frozen, if preferred.

1 comment:

  1. I *highly* recommend this tool:

    For $10 or so, you get peeled, cored, AND sliced apples, all at once. I believe you can also set it so it peels and cores but doesn't slice, but you'd have to check. Different brands have different abilities. In any case, this device is easy enough for kids to use, and suddenly the CHORE of peeling and coring your apples becomes the GAME they desire to play! Not to mention it reduces process time to less than 30 seconds per apple, probably more like 10 seconds.