Bag O’ Apples….

As I am perusing through my daily dose of weekend FB posts; I noticed many of you have gone apple picking with the family.  Note to self…must go before all the apples are gone.

I am sure many of you are wondering what to do with the bags of apples you and the kids picked.  Of course an apple pie is first on the list, maybe an apple cake.  But once you have made a couple of those and you can feel the pounds adding up as you eat the 4th piece of pie; there is still that last bag the kids picked because they just didn’t want to leave…one more bag mom! PLEEEAASSEEE!  What to do with those apples that the fruit flies have started to emerge upon????

My suggestion is to make some applesauce!!!  Grab some novalty mason jars, a large saucepan and brew up a batch of applesauce.  It is so easy and if you have never made it you will be so glad you did.  Below is the recipe.

1 dozen medium sized Macintosh apples
1 cup apple cider
2 cups water
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon

1.  Peel, core and slice apples so the are all the same size.
2.  In a large saucepan add the sliced apples, water, lemon juice and cider until apples are just covered and turn stove on medium heat.
3.  Simmer over medium heat stirring frequently until apples are tender about 10 minutes.
4. Remove from heat and add sugar, vanilla and cinnamon and return to heat.  Stir frequently for another 15 minutes until apples begin to cook down in to a sauce.
5. Remove from heat and with a potato masher or back of a spoon mash the apples until they are all combined.  At this point it is up to you as far as how chunky you want your applesauce.
6. Remove from heat and let cool for an hour or so.  You can serve warm or cold.
7. I like to fill mason jars and give to family and friends.  It will last about 2 weeks in the fridge!

Happy Apple Picking and Sauce Making!!!