Too Many Apples Makes the Perfect Applesauce

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Earlier this month we went apple picking and found ourselves with too many apples! Why is it that when you’re picking ALL THE APPLES it seems like a good idea but then when you have pounds upon pounds of apples in your house you’re all, what the hell was I thinking?

We went upstate to Applewood Orchards & Winery, which is now called Apple Dave’s to honor the man who started the place. I will still call it Applewood because that’s what it was called when we started going there in like, 2008 and that will forever be its name in my head. Last year we took Sadie to a local orchard in Long Island but really weren’t fans. It wasn’t an orchard per say as just rows of little, scraggly apple branches (to call them trees would be a lie) and you could only go into the areas where the apples were ripe enough – it wasn’t really fun. So we headed up to Applewood since we knew we had enjoyed it years ago. (And they have wine and hard cider!)

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We picked up our apple bags (one small and one large) and hopped on the waiting truck for a hayride to the orchard. You can totally walk, but how can you say no to an excited four-year-old about a hayride!

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Once we hit the orchard Sadie got to work! She had such a good time getting apples and asking if each one was a “good one.” She also dubbed the apples “Sadie-sized”, “Mommy-sized” and “and Daddy-sized” depending on how big they were.

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Sadie really got a kick out of going under the trees to get apples too! It was like a secret little world for her.

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Holy moly – we picked a lot of apples!

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What I love about Applewood is that there are other things to do once you’re done with your apple picking. They also have pumpkins to pick, a cute store to get local goods from, a winery and cidery and a cute little area with music and puppet shows for kids! We spent the rest of the afternoon just hanging out and enjoying the day!

Back at home, we enjoyed eating apples for about a week and then realized we had SO many apples and really needed to do something to consume them faster. I had made slow cooker applesauce before but this time we had SO many apples that we decided to use a stockpot to hold them all. I did some Pinterest searching and found The Pioneer Woman’s applesauce recipe which was perfect and we got to work!

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Homemade Applesauce
(we doubled this recipe and tweaked some things so all measurements and other notes below are from how we made it)

Ingredients:
– 12 pounds apples, peeled, cored, and cut*
– 1 cup apple juice, 1 cup water**
– Juice of 1 lemon (or just give your lemon juice bottle a good squeeze) 
– 1 cup brown sugar, packed
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 cinnamon stick**

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 50+ minutes. (Until reduced and fork tender.)

2. Carefully puree until smooth. We use a handheld immersion blender but you could also pour into a blender or food processor. (I personally like to leave the applesauce a tiny bit chunky.)

3. Wait until the applesauce cools off and pour into containers. We used these wide mouthed ball mason jars. Store in the fridge or freezer!

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*The Pioneer Woman’s recipe says to cut into 8 pieces after you peel and core. We have an apple spiralizer that also cores and peels so we use that and don’t cut them up.

**We aren’t fans of super sweet applesauce, so that’s why I only used one cup of apple juice to one cup of water and didn’t double the cinnamon, opting for a cinnamon stick to slightly enhance the flavor instead. If you like sweeter applesauce you could use two cups of apple juice and add more cinnamon.

We now have four jars of applesauce in the freezer and one large pickle jar in the fridge. Dave likes to mix his applesauce with honey, raisins, and other things while I like to heat mine up a little and maybe sprinkle some cinnamon on top.

If you went apple picking this season, what did you make with them?

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Applewood Orchards (Apple Dave’s)
82 Four Corners Rd
Warwick, NY 10990
www.applewoodorchards.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Love this! Sadie is the most fashionable apple picker around xo
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    • She’s super fashionable! #fashionablesadie lol. I’m always shocked when she lets me put her in jeans – she’d wear a skirt or dress every day of the week if she could!

  2. Yay, I love apple picking season. We went to the apple orchards a couple of weeks ago, but I didn’t buy any apples to make apple sauce from. Bummer.

  3. We have apple trees in my backyard, but no one picked any this year. I’m kind of bummed about that. Last year we did and I made cider that was soooo good. I felt like the season for my trees went so fast. Like all of a sudden they were ready and the next weekend 2/3rd of them were on the ground (and a lot in the trees had bugs, since we don’t spray). Next year I’ll have to put up a reminder and just go out there more often to check them! That or I need to go to an actual orchard that takes care of their trees and not rely on my apartment complex!
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  4. Homemade apple sauce is the best. I can only imagine how good The Pioneer Woman’s recipe is!

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