Awe! I love this time of year… Sweet, Cool, Crisp Air; Misty Rain; Sweaters and Boots; Colors of Yellow, Orange, and Red; Scents of Cinnamon, Pumpkin Spice, and APPLES.
A favorite autumn activity of mine is to visit a local apple orchard and pick enough apples for: Apple Dumplings, Applesauce, and a few extra for nippling on. Homemade Applesauce is one of the easiest, most nutritious snacks or side dish that one could make.
A couple of weekends past, Professor John (my husband) and I made plans to visit a local orchard after church on that Sunday. The ad in the town paper said that the orchard would be open on Sundays. So, we brought our apple pickin’ clothes to church with us and changed in to them after Sunday services.
When we arrived at the orchard, it looked deserted. My heart skipped a beat… We drove past rows and rows of apple trees that were nearly bare. We weren’t giving up, yet. We drove around, stopped by the office; even walked around hoping to make some sense out of the ghostly existence.
I made a phone call to a local resident (who thought that the orchard was open as well) hoping to get some reassurance that we would be picking apples soon. Finally, we drove onto a different path and ended up at a house that we were just sure were the owners or operators of that orchard, and would say to us, “Sure. Go pick all the apples you want.” There were a few vehicles on the premises that indicated to us that there were people present.
Professor John walked around the house looking for a door; it was in the back facing a beautiful body of water. He disappeared from my sight for a minute then, reappeared with a look of bewilderment, but continued to walk around the premises hoping to find someone. After a few minutes with no one in sight, I motioned him to come and get in the car. I was done with this hunt and was ready to leave; apples or not.
So, we drove home scratching our heads with no fresh apples to make fresh applesauce. FYI- I’m planting apple trees on our property next spring. We’ll have all the fresh apples we could want. :)
I didn’t want to do it but, I had no choice. I had to settle for apples from a grocery store! My dear, sweet husband went to the store the next day and bought a few pounds of Granny Smith apples just so I could make delicious applesauce.
And, it was very good; just not as good as fresh apples picked by our own hands would have made.
But, one can’t go wrong making applesauce themselves. It it packed with flavor that you don’t get from store bought. Plus, it’s a bit cheaper.
Homemade Applesauce: I LOVE TO EAT IT WARM.
12 Apples ( Tart work best like: Granny Smith)
1 cup Apple Juice or Apple Cider
Juice of 1 Lemon
1/2 packed Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon ( You can also use Pumpkin Spice)
Core, Peel, and Slice apples. Combine all ingredients in a large crock pot (You can also cook on a stovetop).
I just slowly cooked my apples in a crockpot for several hours until it reached the consistency that I desired then, mashed up the soft apples as I stirred them.
So warm and tasty… Makes you all tingly from head to toe.