For a good 10 years every September, my fathers side of the family would get together at my Grandparents house in Sandusky, Ohio and go apple picking. This orchard (never did get the name of it, I was too young to care) was run by one man. He always had everything you needed from large buckets to fill with apples, long rods to grab apples high up in the trees and bags to have something to take your apples home with you. This man just recently a couple years back sold his orchard because he just got too old to run it on his own. Sadly my family never goes there anymore I guess because were all older as well and just never make the time to do so.
When we did go apple picking, we would literally come back with 20+ bags filled with apples. I would guess a good 50 pounds. We split all the apples up between the 5 families and everyone still walked off with at least 10 pounds. What is one to do with so many apples? Yep you guessed it bake apple everything!! My favorite recipe out of the apple section would be my Aunts apple crumb pie…but I’ll share that one with you in another post.
I was over my Grandmas last week and she had an abundance of apples she needed to use up so I helped get rid of them by making applesauce. If you love applesauce I highly recommend you buy a bulk amount of apples now while they are in season and on sale and make a large batch of applesauce. You can freeze it in large plastic baggies and pull whenever you are ready to use it. This is great to pack in lunches, or to snack on during the day and makes an excellent side dish with pork!
Gluten Free/dairy Free/Vegan/Refined Sugar Free
Mise en Place:
-3 to 4 pounds (roughly 10 Ea) Apples, peeled, seeds removed and sliced or diced however you choose. (I prefer to use red apples such as macintosh)
-Zest from 1 Lemon and juice.
-2 Cinnamon Sticks
-1 Cup Brown Sugar
-1/2 Cup Water
-1/2 Teaspoon Salt
Method of Prep:
-Place all ingredients in a small sauce pot. stir to combine everything.
-Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes or until apples are soft.
-Remove cinnamon sticks. Using a masher, mash up apples to desired consistency.
-Taste and adjust sweetness/spice if desired.
-Store in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator up to 1 week or keep frozen in plastic bags until ready to eat.