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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Don't Waste those Apples!!

Interrupting my daily Capture and Share photos this month, I felt I needed to write a quick post on how I use up my apples for a roast pork accompaniment - apple sauce.  It's quick, it's easy, it won't break the bank and it will be a nice thank you to autumn as we head into winter and those comforting roast dinners.  Thanks to all those who emailed me and commented to ask how I made this.  The sauce is usually served cold at the table and spooned next to the pork.  A great marriage of flavours.

So, here we go...

1.  Gather up all your apples, it doesn't matter how many.

2.  (The worst bit!...) Peel and core your apples and chop up into chunks.

3.  Add them to your pan along with half a cup/mug of water and a spoonful of sugar.

4.  Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat and then put a lid on, stir occasionally and reduce water content as apples begin to soften.

5.  Once the apples are mushy, take the lid off and if there is too much liquid, drain this away.  Then begin to mash them.  I like to have ours with some chunks still left in.

6.  Add sugar to taste (depending on how tart the apples are)... also don't burn your tongue!!

7.  Take off the heat and allow to cool.

8.  Once cool, put a small jar amount into freezer bags and then keep in the freezer until you need them.  I LOVE these little bags from Sainsburys!  No need to mark them on what is inside!!

9.  When it is time to use some, I either microwave to defrost, or I put the portion into a saucepan while I'm making the dinner and heat it through gently.

So, don't waste those apples... the sauce can be used for apple crumbles, pies... the list goes on.  And don't forget that you can cinnamon, fruit etc for different uses too.

Have a wonderful Sunday.


  1. cool! so you just add it to meat then?

  2. Thank you for this - we have a ton of granny smith apples from our backyard tree and need to do something with them! I didn't realize you could freeze applesauce in ziplock bags. I'm going to try it!

  3. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this out, Chel. I am betting it tastes so much better than canned applesauce. Have a blessed Sunday- xo Diana

  4. My grands love homemade applesauce. I have an old apple crank/sieve that I can put the cooked apples through and peels/core don't go into the sauce. Some of the varieties make a pretty pink sauce.

  5. We love applesauce and so do the grands who come around every so often. It's easy to make and even easier to serve! I can my applesauce as my freezer is chock full of other things. But what a good idea!


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