It is easy to fall into a routine with your family and do the same activities not realizing its repetitiveness. Therefore, this past weekend I wanted to do something different and visit the orchard. My son Jax has never been to an orchard and he has this fascination with apples and the color red. He loves to call anything red an apple! While Jax loves to call everything an apple, he will not actually eat one. But, he will devour applesauce! You know toddlers march to the beat of their own drum.
One of the most popular family attractions here in New England celebrating their 275th year is the Lyman Orchards, located in Middlefield CT. Lyman Orchards has an array of fruits such as strawberries, apples, peaches and pears that you can pick. Of course, we decided to pick the apples and Jax was just amazed!
Whenever I get my hands on apples at a good price, I make applesauce. It is easy to make and if stored in the fridge can last about 1-2 weeks, if frozen 1-2 months! I am going to be honest with you the worst part about making applesauce is peeling, coring and cutting the apples. However, other than that the process is fail safe, I promise!
Some tips before we get this show on the road!
- Get yourself a good apple peeler!
- Get one of those cool apple corers to help save some time. Visit Target to check it out!
- Play some bomb music to help you through the peeling, coring and cutting process!
25 apples peeled, cored and cut into small chunks
½ cup of brown sugar
¼ cup of lemon juice
1 cup of apple juice or water
2 teaspoon of cinnamon
Place all ingredients in a pot and mix to get everything incorporated. Turn your stove on medium heat and let it come to a boil. Once your pot starts to boil, turn the heat down to a simmer and let it cook for about 20 – 25 minutes.
Let the apples cool for about 5 minutes.
Take a slotted spoon (large spoon with holes) and begin to transfer the softened apples out of the pot and into a large bowl. DO NOT discard the liquid from the pot created by the apples while they cooked. Once you have gotten the apples into the bowl smash them with a potato masher. If your applesauce is too thick, add some of the reserved liquid to your bowl and mash until you have reached your desired consistency. If you should not be a fan of chunky applesauce like my fiancé, take the apples and put them in a food processor or blender. Slowly add the liquid from the pot and blend until the consistency you like is achieved.
At this point you are done!
Be sure to taste your applesauce to ensure it is sweet enough for you. As I stated before my son does not have much sugar so I do not add granulated sugar to this. However, if you feel you need it to be sweeter, be my guest!
I store my applesauce in mason jars or in my reusable food pouches. You can eat the applesauce as is or use it to make cinnamon apple pancakes or muffins!