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Giving thanks for Mom’s traditional applesauce

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There is nothing better than a recipe handed-down through generations standing the “test of time”. Apples are at the core of health throughout the growing, harvesting and cooking process. Earnings from home-grown apples supported ‘Heifer Project International’, helping others to feed themselves via sustainable farming. This concept is in keeping with our Thanksgiving Day celebration as a symbolic reminder apples represent for both health and life.

Use your best judgment should you opt to use sweeteners and organic and/or locally grown produce. Misinformation can prove to be most dangerous. We currently have more information about what constitutes “healthy” food v. foods to avoid, and why. HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) was not as prevalent an ingredient as in recent years and still masquerades as “corn sugar”, despite the FDA’s rejection of the name. Genetically modified organisms or GMOs are more common while still little differentiation is made between “organic”, “natural” and “locally grown” produce.

Instructions accompany the viewable list below.

Old-fashioned apple peeler
Old-fashioned apple peeler Bethane M. Evans

Old-fashioned apple peeler

Pour 1 C. filtered water into a Crock Pot on low setting for all day or slow, overnight cooking, or on high for a couple of hours.  Peel and core 12-15 quercetin rich apples of different varieties. 

Variety of peeled and cored apples
Variety of peeled and cored apples Bethane M. Evans

Variety of peeled and cored apples

Try a combination of local McIntosh, Jonathan, Cortland and Granny Smith; the same homegrown selection proven for a quintessential balance.  This blend of firm textures, crisp flavors and a balance of sweet and tart complement the slow-cooked concoction, satisfying diabetic requirements.

Add spices to apples and simmer together
Add spices to apples and simmer together Bethane M. Evans

Add spices to apples and simmer together

Additional anti-inflammatory ingredients include about ½ tsp. each:  Penzey’s “Cake Spice” with star anise, high-grade cinnamon for depth, dried orange peel for brightness and a generous grating of fresh nutmeg.  Top it off with about a Tbsp. of raw organic sugar cane or agave syrup to sweeten.  I ceremoniously add ½ C. of cinnamon red hot candies to the first batch of the season, in memory of my Mother.

Smooth and satisfying slow-cooked applesauce
Smooth and satisfying slow-cooked applesauce Bethane M. Evans

Smooth and satisfying slow-cooked applesauce

Enjoy warm, for breakfast or as a side dish.  This elementary process is a satisfying way to share food for the holidays and show you care.

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