Grocery-store apples have nothing on ones straight from the tree.
I hate when apples are mushy and mealy - I think they are best when they're crisp and a balance of sweet & tart. Granny Smiths usually fit the tart & crisp bill, but they get tiring after a while.
Mr. Vittles likes them to be sweet (shocker), which is why he loves Red Delicious, but that gets boring too.
So picking apples is just one of the many reasons I look forward to fall. Surrounded by rows of apple trees, they all look so good I just want to pick every single one.
It's a sickness, I know.
Tragically, with our wedding in mid-October, Mr. Vittles and I did not have a chance to go apple-picking last year.
Broke my little apple-lovin' heart :(
So this year I knew that not only did we have to go, we had to go early to get the good pickings. Which was a wise decision because we got to choose from SEVEN different types - Red & Yellow Delicious, Stayman Winesap, Jonathan, Empire, Fuji, Crispin, and McCoun.
I, of course, sampled them all.
Normally I would never be ok with spending $25 on apples. But these bad boys are totally worth it
Once I got my paws on all these scrumptious fruits, my first order of business was to make applesauce.
Growing up, my mom always made it after apple-picking (among many other treats, such as apple crisp & apple pie) and it's so much better than applesauce from a jar! For mine, I used 3 different kinds of apples to make it a little more interesting.
If you don't have a crockpot/slow-cooker, you can probably make this on the stove - I would put all the ingredients in a pot with enough water to just cover the apples, bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to a simmer until apples are soft (my guess is 20-30 mins). If large chunks remain, mash with the back of a fork or potato masher.
- 8-10 medium-sized cooking apples
- 1/2 C. water
- 1/3-3/4 C. sugar*
- 1 t. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 t. ground cloves
*Sugar amount depends on how sweet you like it and also what types of apples you are using. If they are mostly apples that are naturally sweet (ie Red/Yellow Delicious, Fuji) use less sugar. If you are using ones that are slightly tart (ie Winesaps), use more sugar.
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