Thursday, February 24, 2011

Must be time to make Applesauce....Again!

Tonight DH was out at appointments, and I was tired from being (literally) sick all day (as opposed to just sick and tired....)
So the girls and I got into a discussion about apple juice. 
     Applejuice is not made from apples.

     It's not?

     No, it tastes totally different.  They might use some apples, but also sugar an salt and stuff.

     (Dragging Apple Juice from fridge)  Let's check on that...100% juice.  (From concentrate), water, Vitamin C.

      Must be the water....Hey, how do they get the juice out of the apples?

     (Avoiding the water comment and the whole "concentrated" thing... )
Well, you know how you can squeeze a lemon or an orange to get juice? It's like that, only apples are harder to squeeze.

     So they use a machine?

    Yes, and probably heat them.  Like when we make applesauce in the crockpot.. you know how the..

    What? We've never made applesauce in the crockpot!

    Now we have made applesauce in the crockpot AT LEAST 7 times. In addition, I've made it with my preschool class 3 years in a row, and they've made it in preschool at least twice.  We've also cooked apples in the oven, commented on how it was like making applesauce or pie filling.  
 **SIGH*** I guess the positive thing about some of the most impressive magic, is that you can repeat it again and again.  Like the film canister rocket on the deck this week.  Or the rockets in the park.   I'm reminded how you have to do some things over and over.  How the physical change is still magical, and how the same things are fun again, and again, AND AGAIN.

    So I  guess it's off to buy more apples.  Because childhood is fleeting, and apples are cheap.

Our Official Crock Pot Applesauce Recipe
(please note we have a LARGE crockpot...)

Peel, slice and chop apples to fill the crockpot 1/2 way.
Add 1-2 Tbsp of Cinnamon. (Start with 1)
Add 1/2 cup water or apple juice

Cook until apples start to get tender.  Mash down with a potato masher every once in a while.  Cook on low for 4-5 hours.
We mix apple varieties based on what's available. When making with a class, I just ask them to bring an apple and we use all of them.  A pampered chef apple peeler is GREAT if you are going to do this every year.

*Take pictures so you can prove that yes, they did make applesauce before...****

Mary Kay wasn't born cheap... but she got there pretty quickly.

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