Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Getting Creative With What's On Hand

We have an apple tree in our backyard. The number of apples this year is amazing! But, they are the tartest apples I have ever tasted. My girls, ages 8 and 9, have been picking them up off the ground by the buckets-full and feeding them to our goats (a few at least). It seemed like a shame to let them go to waste. So, we decided to make some applesauce tonight.

Part of being creative is letting go of the outcome. It wasn't important to us (though it would be nice) if our applesauce was delicious. What was important is that we spent time together in the kitchen, thinking up a recipe using ingredients we had in our refrigerator and cupboard.
Here's what we came up with:

Spiced Tart Applesauce
3 pounds tart apples, stemmed, cored, and sliced
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
2 cups strawberry/mango fruit juice
4 drops cinnamon essential oil
2 drops clove essential oil

Stir everything together in a pot and cook on low for 1 hour, stirring frequently. Start mashing the apples up with a spoon as they cook.

I had to add 1/2 cup sugar to this because those apples were the tartest ever! With less tart apples, I think you could skip the sugar.

Let cool and serve.

The girls gave this a thumbs up.

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