I have made it a habit to browse the shitty fruit shelf at the grocery store before I buy any regular produce, and there are certain fruits I will only buy from there. Bananas, for instance. The only time I get to enjoy dehydrated banana chips, or Maple Walnut Banana Ice Cream is when I find bananas on The Shelf. Apples, however, were always an exception. Being available more locally than bananas, I always bought them fresh.
I leave for Europe in less than a month, and every penny saved now directly translates into a penny to spend then. So, when I saw half a dozen shitty apples for 99 cents...
The apples were bruised and soft—yuck, I hate soft apples.
So, I made apple sauce. I half-heartedly looked for instructions, just in case there was something essential about the concept I was missing, but what I read only confirmed my assumptions—all you have to do is cook and mash the apples.
Fresh apple sauce, still warm from the stove, is unbelievably good. The apples get a little sweet from the cooking and reduction of water. I can't believe I've never made it before—probably the most comforting thing I've eaten all week...a good, simple recipe to balance out the crazyness of school ending and life changing.
Apple Sauce(makes 3-4 cups)
- 5 apples (I used one to make stew)
1. Peel, core and dice your apples.
2. Place in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until apples soften.
3. Using a potato masher, or something along those lines, smoosh apples to desired consistency (I like having a few chunks of apple left)
There are different ways to store your applesauce if you don't plan on eating it right away, but I will be finishing mine this week, so I just put it in a glass jar in the fridge. And, I am sure there are endless ways to spice up applesauce—cinnamon, honey and apple cider were popular ones. I didn't want anything but apples...though I was tempted to add a little lemon zest.