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Friday, September 30, 2016

Apples anyone?

This is a view of the green and red apples from my neighbor's yard, hanging over my fence. They are very small and I was tempted to leave them be. I kept thinking what a waste! I had plenty of normal size apples from my own trees that I have already used.

Then a friend gave me some new information when I said I wasn't going to stand around peeling them. Guess what? Applesauce can be made with the peelings left on. She also said she tosses in a handful of red hot candies after they are cooked, in place of sugar, which I don't use anyway!

I had already picked a bag of the green ones without a clear intention of what I was going to do with them. They sat in a corner of my kitchen calling my name for several days. Today I decided to use the information my friend had given me. All I had to do was quarter and core the tiny things and toss them in a large pot with a little water. My son had picked up a box of red hots at Walmart so I decided- why not?

The result was it is the best applesauce I have ever made. I have nine containers in my freezer along with what I had already frozen of my own apples for pies etc.

Now if I could just find someone who could pick and use the over abundance on these two trees I would be a happy camper. My friend's method of not peeling the apples is very easy, but I just don't have the energy or the freezer space to use them up.

If you need apples - call me- PLEASE! I'm in the book.


  1. What a bounty! While I'm not a fan of cooked apples, I do like fresh apples and have recently begun eating them in what I call Little Apple Pizzas: I slice them horizontally and use a sharp knife to cut the cores out. Then I spread some kind of nut butter (almond butter, peanut butter or even sunflower seed butter) on one side as a "glue" to hold things like sliced almonds, chopped walnuts, raisins, bits of dried apricots, coconut, etc. and then I sprinkle it all with seasonings like cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, ground cardamom, ground ginger, and any other spice-y thing I might have on hand that sounds good. Then I sit down and enjoy a wonderful plate of Little Apple Pizzas that are even good for me! It's my newest favorite thing to eat :D

    Enjoy your apple bounty, Barbara! And if you have a mind to try the Little Apple Pizzas, I'll bet you have some things in your cupboards that would make them very tasty!