Wednesday, October 12, 2011

How 'Bout Them Apples?

Just popping in really quick tonight! I'll be back with a Starbucks knock-off tomorrow! You don't want to miss it.

My father-in-law recently brought me a bag filled with fresh apples from the tree at my in-laws' house. If you're a Frontier Kitchen fan on Facebook (click here to join if you aren't yet!), you already know that yesterday I decided to tackle the bag of apples three different ways.

As a result, my house smelled like apples all day. So much more rewarding than a candle!

If you don't have access to an apple tree, stalk your grocery store - this is the time of year when they sell bags of apples for ridiculously low prices.

First, I sliced up a bunch of the apples, added a bit of sugar (these apples were naturally pretty tart) and a dash of cinnamon. Then I threw it all into the freezer. Now when Thanksgiving rolls around, half of my apple pie work is done for me.

If I was really ambitious I could have made the entire pie and then froze it without baking. Either way generally works pretty great.

I have serious love for homemade applesauce so I used about half of the apples to make some. All I do is combine chopped apples with about 1 cup of water, bring it to a boil and then allow it to cook down. As the water evaporates, I add more. Sugar doesn't ever make its way into my homemade applesauce because even with tart apples, it's still pretty dang good with just a pinch of cinnamon on top.

And I've been toying with the idea of giving up all sweeteners except honey and maple syrup (for a few weeks) so until I take the plunge, I'm trying to keep sugar usage to a minimum around here.   

I also made apple chips - so good! All you have to do is core an apple, slice it thinly, lay it on a baking sheet that's been lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper, and then bake them at 200 for a couple hours, flipping halfway through. Gotta love healthy 100% natural snack foods!

1 comment:

  1. Sounds yummy! What a great idea to get your Thanksgiving pies halfway done now. So smart! I can just imagine how nice your house smelled.


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