The apple harvest has begun and we have been busy creating wonderful things with local apples. The first day of preserving we made applesauce. We wanted to get the maximum benefit from the apples, so we cleaned them and put them to bake at a low temperature in the oven. This way we are able to soften them, retain all the juices and even concentrate the juice somewhat. Then we pressed the apples to extract all the benefit from the skins and vitamins under the skin. We added a little cinnamon and cloves and nothing else. There is no sugar, no skins nor seeds and a wonderful flavour. Also - the apples have not been sprayed, no chemical fertilizers or preservatives have been used on them and the skins have not been sprayed with any waxy coating. The flavour is wonderful.
Why no sugar? It tastes good and it is good for you!! We wanted to keep it natural and available to everyone. If you want it sweeter, just add your own sweetener to your taste - white or brown sugar, sugar substitute, honey, or even maple syrup. Also unsweetened applesauce can be used in recipes to reduce the amount of fat or sugar needed which helps those on diets. Finally there are many recipes that use unsweetened applesauce. To give you samplings of these, we have started a recipe listing above so take a look at both baking and main course items that feature applesauce. If you have a recipe to share, drop us a line and we will list it as well.