I have a recipe for you all, it's homemade applesauce. Nothing says the beginning of fall like apples & cinnamon. (Can you guys tell that I'm just a bit excited for fall?)
Also, if you buy fruit & then don't get around to eating it before it goes bad. This is an excellent idea to use up all those apples. Because, at least in my house the applesauce gets eaten way before the apples would.
If you are serious about making a lot of applesauce, or if making pies with your apples. I would highly recommend investing in one of these. Oh my gosh, it is a life saver. It took me no time to core, peel & slice 6 apples. I can't imagine what it would've taken me if I were doing it all by hand. Bleh. (& it also has a vacuum base which keeps it from sliding around) The credit of this Apple Peeler goes to my smart & wonderful mother-in-law.
It's so simple to use, well that is once you figure it the apple goes where it is supposed to! :)
Apple goes on, you crank the handle & there you have it the apple cored, peeled & sliced.
It leaves the core of the apple on the prongs & you just pull the part off. Simple!
Put the apples in a bowl & microwave. (I will admit I had to do a little bit of work, I did have to cut up the apples a bit more than this, otherwise they wouldn't really cook down. But, really if that was all the "work" I had to do, I'm good with that)
So, this is after I cooked it for awhile (I ended up cooking for about 20 minutes taking breaks to stir) & I added my cinnamon. So, it cooked down a bit more than this.
This is the final result & it was delicious. It is much chunkier than the applesauce you would buy at the store. But, I only added cinnamon & apples. No sugar. No artificial sweeteners. No preservatives. Also, much cheaper. Why would I ever buy the store bought stuff? Also, I made the mistake to use apples that were not meant for baking. If I were to have used the apples used for baking, it would not have taken 20 minutes to cook down.
Sugar (I didn't use any)
1. Peel, Core & Slice Apples
2. Place in a microwave safe bowl & cover with plastic wrap or a paper towel
3. Microwave on high until apples are soft
4. Stir every two or three minutes, so they'll soften evenly
5. Add sugar & cinnamon to taste (like I said before I didn't use any sugar, healthier & it was delicious)
Also, a good portion gauge would be 1 apple per person. I used 6 apples when I made my batch.
My husband came up with an idea because he loves applesauce so much. That, when I learn how to can, we will can applesauce! Hopefully, when I learn I will post that on here!
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