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15 10 2012

On this wet, wild, and windy fall day, I decided to embark on a grand adventure; do something that I had never done before: make applesauce!

We had a laundry basket full of apples from the trees in our backyard  and we already had several bags of sliced apples for crisp and pie over the Christmas season. I only recently discovered that applesauce is actually a very tasty snack and I’ve been craving some. Our family has never eaten applesauce as we were rather picky as children.

apples and slicer

Apples for crisp and pie and all things tasty throughout the winter

However, I have now matured and grown up (at least I like to think I have) enough to truly enjoy some of the better things in life… like applesauce. And so, with no idea what we were doing, my mother and I set out to make it.

I found it rather amusing how many recipes there are available online for making applesauce. We didn’t use any of them but rather used our own brains and some suggestions from friends. Most of the recipes will point out the obvious: making applesauce is EASY.

So why the recipe? That was my question. I think if you are going to make homemade applesauce, make it your way. Experiment! Have fun!

And so chop chop when our knives slicing in unison and into the stockpot went the apples with a little water.

All it takes is a large pot and a stir stick!

Almost overflowing, we let it come to a boil and then left it simmering while we sliced even more apples for freezing.

After we had a sufficiently mushy, delightfully smelling sludge, we spooned the contents of the pot into a strainer and soon had about 32 cups of warm tart apple goop.

Not the most attractive looking dish but our applesauce turned out delicious!

Out came the brown sugar and cinnamon and with much taste-testing and laughter, we concocted the most delicious yet simple blend of flavourful applesauce that I have ever tasted.

As all the other recipes and bloggers say, it really is that easy.

I think we could benefit from taking this approach to more things in life. I know I can become so obsessed with perfection, precision and recipe-following that life becomes more stressful than enjoyable. I think I make things out to be more complicated and important than they are. Most are more like applesauce, a simple blend of fun and experimentation and really, in the end, its just a tasty treat to eat, not a seven course meal meant for the president, so why the stress?

Catch the spirit of adventure! What will you add to your applesauce?

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6 responses

15 10 2012
cherylangyx

MMMMMM That looks so good Analea! I’ve never seen an apple peeling apparatus ! Very productive rainy day activities!

17 10 2012
amyrobertson

Fresh applesauce is awesome. So is Pampered Chef–I have the same corer/peeler/slicer. Love it!

17 10 2012
analeastyles

My mom was a Pampered Chef consultant so I am a HUGE fan. I’m very spoiled with all our kitchen products!

19 11 2012
Amy R (@mrsamyer)

My mom was a Tupperware consultant, so I was spoiled with the Tupperware in the house. Then I got out on my own and discovered how expensive it was. Depressing. 🙂 Fortunately, my mom set me up pretty well for my wedding, ha ha. Anyway, LOVE the Pampered Chef stoneware. I’d never bake with anything else!

22 10 2012
M. Hassan

Not attractive looking? I find it very visually appealing and I just had meal, so you can’t blame it on starvation! 🙂 That strainer looks heavy duty. I wonder what happened to all the pulp that was left behind. Tossed out?

9 12 2013
this was so easy | Food & Cooking

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