Fall is here and on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, you and your family decide to go to the orchard to get some apples. Here’s a fun fact; there are 7500 varieties of apples grown throughout the world and 2500 are grown in the United States alone…that’s crazy!
Anyway…you’re back home with your baskets full of apples and now what? You could roll up your sleeves and bake apple pies, make apple jams and while you’re at it, apple marmalade or chutney. One other thing you can make is my Homemade Apple Sauce.
Apple sauce is easy to make and it should be a staple in anyone’s kitchen for a few reasons. First, apple sauce is great to enjoy as is for a healthy snack. It is also a healthy choice for cutting down on cholesterol and fat in baking because you can use apple sauce as a substitute for oil, butter and eggs. Apple sauce can also be used in sauces.
Here’s a little kitchen tip I’d like to point out. I wouldn’t add any sugar until you taste it. Most of the time, the sweetness from the apples should be enough for your apple sauce. If you think it needs it, add a little and taste it again until you’re satisfied with the sweetness. I would certainly avoid adding any sugar if you are making apple sauce for toddlers. They’ll have enough sugar in their lifetime without starting now! Enjoy this whole food at its best.
NOTE: For variation add a little ground cinnamon, a pinch of dried ginger, cloves or nutmeg. You can also add freshly grated orange or lemon zest.