Hello everyone! I’m Kelly from Eclectic Momsense. When I first thought about this Cornucopia of Creativity challenge, my mind immediately went to crafting. It came apparent to me though, as the date got closer, that when I think of harvest time and Thanksgiving my mind immediately goes to food! Over the last few weeks we’ve been cooking and baking up a storm. From pumpkin protein bars (thanks Becca) to homemade applesauce.
So, I’ve decided to share a brand new recipe that will become a tradition during fall for years to come. Nothing says Thanksgiving to me like family and traditions.
I stumbled upon this recipe after we did some apple harvesting. I was left with pounds of apples and needed something tasty the whole family could enjoy. Surprisingly my search landed me on PBS.org and a very simple Homemade Applesauce recipe.
Peel, core, and slice the apples. Try an apple peeler, it takes seconds to peel, slice, and core an apple. Slide a plastic bag under the end to catch all the scraps.
Mix the orange juice, apples, and cinnamon in a saucepan. Simmer the mixture covered for 30 minutes. Allow it to cool before mashing. I used a food mill with a medium grate for a chunkier texture. You can also use a potato masher or food processor to get different textures. Enjoy warm or chilled in the freezer. I canned my leftovers to enjoy all season long. 16 apples yielded 4.5 pint jars.