This week Straw-pple Sauce was born!
Just the same, I like to think that I am breaking new territory, because 1) I haven't made applesauce often, 2) I never used a blender to smooth my sauce, and 3) this is the first time I have added strawberries!
Let's see what craziness unfolded...
I got a nice big pot.
And two types of apples. Four Granny Smiths and six Fuji's.
My helper was at the ready offering her assistance!
I always joke about this... I am secretly on a show called, "Cooking with Katie." She is my trusty assistant for things like creative ideas, clean up, and of course tasting!
Since I was making a small batch and since I don't have a Foley mill (fancy thing to remove skin and seeds from a cooked down pulp mixture), I peeled, cored, and chopped all the apples.
Those pieces went right into the big pot.
Next up... strawberries!! Same deal here; clean and slice. I used the whole carton of strawberries.
My helper has a special admiration for strawberries!
Then the strawberries were added to the big pot and the pot was placed on the stove.
I did add some apple juice and water to the fruit to prevent the bottom from burning and helping the pulp to break down.
A quick stir later and we were in business!
As it bubbled, the kitchen became filled with the autumn smell of apples. If we could have smell-o-rama blogs, this would definitely be the post I would use it on.
Can you smell the cooking apples now?
Once I was satisfied that the mixture was cooked through, I transferred it to a mixing bowl.
Then scoop by scoop, I added a batch to the blender and gave it a few whirls to "sauce-a-fy" it!
Once all the mixture had gone through the blender it looked so smooth and yummy!!
This is the part where you season it to your liking. I decided it was sweet enough, so no sugar was added. I did add cinnamon and nutmeg. YUM!
It's funny how more of the red color from the strawberries came out while I re-heated the sauce for canning.
I took this as a chance to practice my canning skills. This was the first time doing it on my own. I followed the instructions to re-heat the sauce to boiling and to heat the jars, lids, and rings.
Filling the jars was hot, messy, and nerve-wrecking. But I got through it.
A reward for my efforts? A nice big bowl of Straw-pple sauce that didn't fit in the jars.
My assistant was spent. Done. Tired. Zonked. Wiped.
Although, I bet if I had said the word "apple," she would have jumped up on fresh legs ready to do the whole thing over.
And here we are...
...a fun night spent in the kitchen.
...amazing smells throughout the house.
...a few jars of tasty sauce to brag about and scarf.
...a quieter mind that is much less focused on stresses.
...a happy assistance with a belly full of apples and strawberries.
Have you made something lately that tickled your taste buds?