Monday, July 23, 2012

Chunky Applesauce

We recently acquired three large boxes of Washington Red apples.  Now these apples are not the crispest of all apples, but I was not about to let them go to waste.  Over the next few days I will post about 5 different ways I used up these apples.  Today, we will focus on chunky applesauce.

I gathered my helpers and we got busy peeling, coring and dicing the apples.  Nothing went to waste, as we gave all the peels and cores to our horses and soon when I get my compost pile going, half of our fruit/veggie scraps will go to the horses and the other half will be tossed into the compost.  Great way to go green!

I put the apples (about 40) into a large stock pot with 1/2 cup of water,

took 1 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of cinnamon and a tablespoon of nutmeg

and dumped them on top of the apples.

Combine everything and cook until the apples are soft.

Then take a potato masher and mash the apples until you reach the consistency you like.

Put them into your sterilized jars and process them.  The end result is some very delicious chunky applesauce that can be eaten straight out of the jar, warmed up and served with vanilla ice cream or even used in an apple crisp.

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