I made applesauce tonight for the first time in years. We’ve gotten a weekly vegetable delivery from a local CSA for several years now. A few weeks ago I decided to add fruit to our standing order. While we are generally good about getting to most of our vegetables, adding in fruit has taught me a couple of things.
- We’re picky about our fruit. Not the quality, this is all organic and lovely. However we go through phases of eating a ton of citrus or apples, then not eating them for a bit.
- We don’t eat enough whole fruit. It shouldn’t be that difficult for a family of four to go through small fruit order. And yet each week we have quite a bit left when the next delivery arrives.
It’s really good fruit. I don’t want to reduce our order and I don’t want to waste it. So I’m finding new ways to use it. Like the applesauce, above. Apple/pear sauce actually. My children like applesauce and we always have it around. I hadn’t made it since they were babies though.
We also have a juicer, which has been great for helping go through some of the greens some weeks too. Because there are some weeks when we’re busy and order out more, despite being lucky enough to have a fridge full of healthy food. And sometimes I’m just tired.
I made a lot of applesauce tonight. I think there may be applesauce cake for breakfast (yay!).
I feel as though this remembering how to utilize the bounty is a bit of a lost art. It’s certainly not something that comes naturally to me, make time to think about how to use up what we have or to preserve it . How do you use up fruits and vegis? And how much does your family go through in a week?
Basic Applesauce Recipe
- Peel and core apples (I used 7 apples & 2 pears) and place in saucepan
- add 2 cups of water, 3/4 c. sugar and 1 tsp (or to taste) cinnamon
- boil till soft
- mash or use an immersion blender (my favorite) till desired consistency