THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1861
Apple season is here! Thankfully, apples are so very easy to ‘put up’ in a variety of ways! One way we like to do just that is applesauce! Applesauce making is so simple, when you employ the use of your crockpot!
Now there are as many ways to do this, based on your taste, as there are apple varieties! For us, it goes something like this:
We take our apples (any variety or mixture – we love them all) and wash them. We then peel them and slice off pieces of apple down to the core, right into the crockpot. Make sure they are smaller sized chunks or thinner slices – no ‘half apple’ pieces here.
Once we have our crockpots about 3/4 full or so, I turn them on low, add in about a cup of water, put the lid on and let it cook for about 4-6 hours, checking it every hour (or a little more often) and giving it a good stir. You do not want it sticking or burning – if it gets dry, just add a bit more water, although I rarely have this problem. Once it has cooked down and is the consistency we want, we water bath can it into jars and put it up on the pantry shelf. Everyone LOVES just the plain apple taste and why add anything else if it is not needed?
You can eat your applesauce fresh – it will keep in the fridge for three to four days. You can freeze it in plastic or glass containers or freezer bags, whatever your preference is there. I prefer to can it, so I am not reliant on my freezer. We do put up quite a large amount of applesauce each year since everyone loves it, so that just makes sense for us. I waterbath my pints for 20 minutes and my quarts for 25 minutes – check your Ball Blue book or County Extension office for times based on your elevation.
Putting up homemade applesauce is one of the easiest ways to preserve the harvest of the season, try it today–it is so simple, and so delicious; you will never buy store bought sauce again!
- Ten ways to turn from a consumer to a producer at Peak Oil Hausfrau: This is a neat list of things any of us can do to diversify our life skills and add productivity not only to our own lives, but also to our communities.
- Think you’re too busy to make meals at home? Check out this guest post at MoneySavingMom, entitled How to Make Freezer Cooking Work When You Have a Busy Schedule.
- Green Mountain Spinning Wheels - Several members of my family are fascinated by spinning; I stumbled across this Made in the USA company during my research this week. (Two guesses what I’m asking Saint Nicholas for this year?)
- While we’re on the subject of spinning, if you’re interested in learning more about it, do check out Spin-Off magazine. My mechanically inclined preschooler enjoys this as much as I do!
- Trying to figure out what to wear this weekend? Check out Haute Americana for fashionable attire made in the good ol’ US of A.
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I confess I’m not big on oatmeal. I’m “into” whole grains and people always laugh (yes, especially my husband) when I say that but then shun oatmeal. My kids ignore it too. The running joke for me last year as I tried to get in the habit of eating clean (a la Tosca Reno) was that I was skipping one of the biggest steps: eating oatmeal. My answer was always “I’ll eat oatmeal for breakfast every day – as long as it’s in cookie form!”
Last week I tried my hand at this oatmeal chocolate chip muffin recipe from the Girls to Grow blog. Those didn’t last long either. Next on my list to try are these pumpkin oatmeal muffins from Carrots ‘n’ Cake. Don’t they just say “FALL”?
The awesome part for those with concerns about food security and pantry rotation is that oatmeal is easy to store, and with the right recipes, easy to use up. We get multiple health benefits and a filling treat to boot. With recipes like these even those of us who aren’t “into” oatmeal can now say we are. Care to join me in the kitchen? Hmm, I think we’re going to need more muffin tins, don’t you?
A little music to get your week off on the right foot – performed by Beyonce’.
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THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1774
First display of the word “Liberty” on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts in defiance of British rule in Colonial America.