We live an exciting life here in the Creighton household. What do we do on a Friday night when neither one of us has to work nor do we have any other commitments?? We make applesauce! Jars and jars of it! You can really get to know your spouse by sitting side by side and peeling 50 apples together. Friday night dates used to include drinks and the bar; now they include tea and cooking together. And you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way.
In my quest to eating better and living a healthier lifestyle I have been trying to limit the amount of processed food I consume. A lot of the literature on infertility suggests that a lot of the additives in processed foods can contribute to infertility and might even be linked to developing endometriosis. Since most causes of infertility are completely out of my control it makes me really happy to be able to do something to decrease the amount of processed foods I am exposed to. It makes us Type A people happy when we can control things. And you know what else? It is extremely easy and cost-effective to make homemade versions of most foods. As if those reasons are not enough to compel you- the homemade version of applesauce on particular tastes SO, SO much better than the jars you buy at the grocery store. Homemade applesauce is thick and chunky and so much more flavorful that their processed counertparts. So JD & I decided to make a night of it and make as much applesauce as our biggest stockpot could handle- we kept a few jars in our fridge to eat right away, put some in the freezer for later, and decorated up enough bottle to give away to JD’s coworkers ( it was them who gave us all the free apples.So we turned their apples into applesauce as thank you!) By making a big batch all at once we’ll have a supply of applesauce to last us all winter long! And best of all, we had a blast cooking it together and fancying up the mason jars to give as little gifts.
Homemade Applesauce (in bulk!)
- 50 apples (peeled and cut into chunks)
- 1-2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar or coconut sugar (optional…I prefer mine unsweetened.)
Seriously, that it is. I almost feel like it is not even worth typing out the recipe it’s so easy. And it makes me so happy to see a recipe that includes only 3 common ingredients. Just pour everything into a large stock pot and let it simmer, stirring occasionally, until it looks like applesauce. I mash up any big chunks but like to leave some smaller chunks in it.
To decorate the mason jars a little since we were giving them away as gifts we purchased fat quarters of fabric (only $1.50 each!) in a few different prints, cut them into small squares and put that in between the lids. We also added a burlap bow but I forgot to take a picture after we finished the final step. It was easy to do, and gave the jars a rustic decor look that I loved.