Apples to Applesauce

Apples to Applesauce

 

 

 

 

With the trees hanging heavy with apples and the local u-pick farms such as Taves Family Farm Apple Barn and  Willow View Farms open for business it is time to take advantage of the apple harvest.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy apples.

APPLES IN THE RAW

-May seem simple but nothing beats a fresh picked crisp apple.

 

DIP IT UP

-Sliced apples with dip is always a hit.  My kids like apples but they really LOVE apples when I slice them up thinly and serve them with a dip.  Dip ideas include warm peanut butter, caramel sauce or cream cheese, brown sugar and vanilla whipped together for a smooth and delicious dip or dip it in some Vitala Foods yogurt.

SAUCE IT UP

-Those crisp apples can be transformed into a sweet sauce.  I love peeling, chopping, boiling and mashing those apples and adding a touch of cinnamon to make a delicious apple sauce.  Serve it smooth or chunky, warm or cold and you can even can it or freeze it for future use.  There are tons of apple sauce canning and freezing recipes on-line

 

Making apple sauce is simple:

5 apples peeled, cored and chopped

¾ cup water

Sugar and cinnamon to taste

In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.

Yum, warm apple sauce with milk for dessert was a childhood favorite in our home.

How do you like your apples?

If you don’t have apple trees in your own back yard or your neighbor’s yard and if you can’t make it to one of the above mentioned orchards you can always stop by a local market that carries local apples such as Natures Pickins, Lepp Farm Market, Kins Farm Market or Neufeld Farms.

 

-Helinda

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