With not much to blog about and very little time to spare today, I leave you with this…
When I think of Fall, I think not only of the changing colours of the leaves or the crisp fresh air. I think of APPLES! We’ve got apples, apples and more apples around here. What to do with all those apples (besides eat them or let the deer eat them)? There’s apple crisp, apple pie, apple tarts, apple jam, apple jelly, apple butter, apple cake…The list goes on! However, one of my favourite things to make with apples is apple sauce! It’s so easy to make! You can eat it right after you make it. You can eat it as a dessert or as an accompaniment to some of your dishes (for example, my aunt loves her pork chops with apple sauce). I’m a picky apple sauce eater. I don’t like store-bought apple sauce because I like being in control of what goes into my food. I like knowing where it comes from and exactly what is in it. I also like my apple sauce super smooth (some people prefer it chunky) and I have to have my apple sauce cold (hey, some people like it warm)!
Here’s my version of homemade apple sauce:
*First, go out and pick your apples! If you don’t have an apple tree (or a few apple trees), you can get your apples at the local farmers’ market or at your grocery store.
*Wash apples and take off the stems, leaves, spots. You can cut the apples in quarters if you like. I sometimes do depending on the size of the apples. The apples we had from our trees this year weren’t too big though, so I didn’t bother cutting them.
*In a large pot, put apples and add enough water just to cover them.
*Cook apples for a few minutes until soft but not mushy. Make sure the apples keep their form but are soft enough to put through the fruit press. (Uhhh…You know me, I don’t really keep track of time and just go by instinct) I don’t peel the apples because the pigmentation from the apple skins give the apple sauce a lovely pink hue (or if you have yellow apples, the apple sauce will turn out yellow or even almost a translucent white. It’s really neat).
*Remember that handy dandy fruit press Hubby got for me? If you have one, fantastic! If not, I suppose a strainer would work too. Have the fruit press stand over a large bowl. If you have a stand like mine, it fits perfectly just over a large bowl. Add a few of the cooked apples and press them through the strainer/colander. Repeat that process until you’ve used up all your apples. In between, you can discard any of the peels or remains that won’t go through the press.
(I’m also thinking that later on when the baby is old enough to eat solids, I will be making a lot of baby food with the fruit press!)
*While still steaming hot, you can add some sugar and/or cinnamon if you wish. Make sure you mix the sugar in very well. My MIL adds a cup or so of sugar. My aunt adds Splenda. I don’t like a lot of sugar in my food, so I even forgo the sugar all together (and I don’t put cinnamon in my apple sauce). Whatever your taste, just use your own discretion with the sugar.
If you make huge batches of apple sauce you can easily store them in containers. I put mine in freezer-safe containers and when I need it, I take it out of the freezer in the morning and thaw it so it’s ready for supper time.
I thought this was funny:
This is Fred (AKA: Mama Cat. Jeanna calls her one of the Weasleys though). When I went to get the mail in the morning, Fred walked to the mailbox with me. She’s like a dog. She’ll go for walks with me in the woods and around the farm or she’ll go to the garden with me. She’s a really funny cat-dog!
I’ve heard that sometimes pregnant women start “nesting” at some point in their pregnancy. I think this might be proof that the nesting has begun:We’ve got two large freezers and the small freezer compartment that is above the fridge. Well, the other night (instead of sleeping!) I decided to clean out the freezers and reorganize them. All of the produce in the freezer is from our gardens. I think it’s safe to say that we’ll be fine for produce during the Winter months!
Hope you all have a great weekend! Hubby was saying “when it rains, it pours”! Sometimes we can go for weeks or months without having any friends or family visiting from out of town and then all of a sudden EVERYONE comes on the same week or weekend! We’ve got heaps of friends and family visiting us on the Island this weekend. I’m a very happy camper! Though I love having my own space and my personal “me” time, I also love being around people. I can’t help it. That’s just the way I am! I love entertaining, having dinner parties at our house, and spending time with and cooking for the people I love!
I guess I should add that I don’t think our friends and family are here just to visit us! 😉 It’s fishing season! My uncle (who also happens to be my godfather) and my aunt have been here since Tuesday and my uncle and my dad have been catching salmon every day so far! Our friends from Ottawa heard that the salmon are now at the mouth of [insert name of body of water here] and that’s why they’re coming this afternoon and leaving on Sunday! Boys will be boys! 🙂