The Cat Ate My Plant

Musings from a woman, wife, and mother

Apples! December 4, 2011

Filed under: Baking,Fall — thecatatemyplant @ 8:06 pm
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Here, we love apples. Fresh, frozen, saucy, you name it! Because of this, every fall we visit a local apple orchard and load up on apples. It’s always nice to get ‘fresh’ ones from the store out of season, but they just don’t taste the same! This year I bought 10lbs. So, delicious.

The Setup

 

This is how we setup camp. That lovely thing peels, cores, and slices the apples. The only problem is, our table is too thick for it and our kitchen counters are too unstable. We ended up using the bathroom vanity. Worked great! You can see a bag of delicious Jonagold apples in the background. We had a hard time freezing all of them.

Action shot

They don’t always stay together.

action shot!

This one did so you all get to see it.

We then quartered the apples and put them in 4C and 2C bags. The 4C will be great for pies, crisps, and applesauce, the 2C will be great for mix n’ match muffins! I could really go for some apple cinnamon muffins.

 

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Applesauce! November 8, 2011

Filed under: crockpot,Fall — thecatatemyplant @ 1:23 am
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The Start

As I type the word applesauce, I can hear my little one saying it with a huge smile on his face! He does love his applesauce. I’ve been getting these great pre-packaged pouches of applesauce that he can enjoy by himself. No spoon, no bowl, no mess! I still get the jars too, but that is mainly for baking and jello.

I found a fun looking recipe for Crockpot Applesauce and I had some apples in the freezer from last year that needed attention, so voila! I experimented.  Instead of fresh apples (mine are yet to be processed) I used 9 cups of already frozen apples and skipped the water. After 4 hours, I added only 2 tablespoons of sugar, and some cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and cloves. I can’t give you measurements, because I just sprinkled it all in until it looked ‘just right.’

Well, the result was wonderful! Chunky, warm, delicious applesauce. My husband kept telling me it tasted like apple crumble filling. Experiment a success!

The final product

Have you been experimenting lately?