Saturday, October 22, 2011

Making Applesauce - The Unnecessary but Fun Tutorial

Step 1: Find yourself a good partner.
He or she must:
Have an interest in hard work

Be good at tossing food

Be comfortable with the tools (this tool is a must in our kitchen)

Love his or her work

And, not mind sampling the ingredients often, for quality assurance, of course.  Note the full cheeks in every single picture.  We take this one very seriously.

Step 2: Peel, core & chop seven apples
(See above.)

Step 3: Add 1 cup of water to apples in a large pot.

Step 4: Cook.
Bring the water to a boil.  Turn down & simmer for about 35 minutes total.  Stir from time to time.
After approximately the first 25 minutes, you will see them start to fall apart into applesauce.
By 35 minutes, the water is usually gone & there are still a lot of chunks --  my kitchen crew isn't into the uniformity of chunk size.  Easy enough to fix.  Turn off the sauce & finish it up with the masher.  We like ours lumpy.  And warm!

(These times are approximations.)

Step 5: Add 1 tsp cinnamon.
(You can even, say, take a bath, get dressed in your watermelon shirt -- whatever, while you're waiting for this step.)

Step 6: Stir.  And pick up another partner.

So, if there's a prize for making something so easy look harder by using a lot of pictures, I guess it'll go to me.  But, sometimes they just take themselves, ya know?!  It's really so easy, Linus practically did it on his own. (As shown above -- I guess the pictures were good for something, after all!)


  1. Can I come to your house? :)

    That applesauce looks wonderful--and looks like everyone enjoyed making/eating it, as well. :)

  2. Jen,

    I was smiling the ENTIRE time reading this post. Adorable! You'll have to tell me more about that tool! Hope to see you Tuesday.



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