It’s apple season! Which means it’s time to visit the local orchards and go apple picking and enjoy the bountiful harvest! It’s still a couple hours away from me, but I made a trip to Apple Hill with my mom over my birthday weekend. We went apple picking at an organic farm called Willow Pond Farm, then visited a couple different orchards and farms who sold the apples farmers market-style. We were surrounded by such a large variety of so many delicious looking apples… it was like apple heaven! At Boa Vista Orchards, we bought some amazing apple cider and about 10 different varieties of apples, some with a strictly applesauce-making purpose and some with baking intentions. They even had apple and pumpkin butter, jellies, jams, sauces, and so many more goodies! On a continuing search for more apple goodness, we stopped by Abel’s Apple Acres and tried some apple donuts and apple fritters, and bought more apples. I would just like to say that apple fritters are awesome! Large slices of apple fried up in fritter batter. Absolute deliciousness.In the end, I ended up with a box of apples of varying sizes and types. Once I got home, I even took the time to separate my apples based on what I wanted to make. If you have any questions about what apples are good for baking or sauce, I’d suggest checking out the Cook’s Thesaurus. My goals for these apples include apple dumplings, apple pie, various muffins containing apples, and apple oatmeal. Hopefully I get around to trying everything. Cross your fingers for me please! I’ll be sure to report back on what comes out well!

As for what was left after separating out my baking apples, I had one soul purpose. Applesauce! After seeing a post about applesauce by from the Bartolini kitchens, I really wanted to go pick my own apples and make some fresh, delicious applesauce. It’s so simple and so delicious! My mom made some and was thrilled with her results. My husband and I love ours, too, though I cheated and added some sugar because I tend to like things on the sweeter side. It still wasn’t much though. I only added a Β½ cup of sugar to 15 cups of applesauce. Still pretty darn healthy! I also prefer chunky applesauce, so I cooked the apples then took a potato masher to break down the apples to my desired consistency. My recipe is pretty vague, especially since I have no idea how many pounds of apples I cooked, but it works for any amount of apples so it’s all good!Chunky Applesauce

Apples, peeled and cored (I used varying amounts of Gala, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Fuji, McIntosh, and Jonagold)
Sugar, as needed
Cinnamon, optional

Pour about an inch of filtered water into a large, heavy pot. Add the apples and cook, uncovered, on medium-high heat. When it starts to boil, turn heat down to medium-low; cook for about an hour total, or until apples are all tender. Mash the apple chunks with a potato masher to desired chunky consistency. For a smooth sauce, use an immersion blender or food processor to blend until smooth. If sauce is too watery, skim some of the juice off the top. Add sugar and cinnamon to taste. Enjoy cold or warm!

Source: Adapted from PickYourOwn.org