Keeping the Harvest – Ambrosia Applesauce
Ambrosia applesauce is the preservation method we explore this month in our year-long Keeping the Harvest 2023 series. There are many ways to enjoy applesauce all year long. Making Ambrosia applesauce at home is fairly easy and a perfect preservation method to try!
Here are some ways you can incorporate applesauce into your meals and more:
– Ambrosia applesauce can be a wonderful substitute for oil or butter in your favourite baked goods, such as muffins, cakes, and bread. It not only enhances the moisture but also reduces the overall fat content.
- Baby Food:
– Homemade baby food just got easier and healthier with applesauce. Its gentle sweetness and digestible nature make it an ideal ingredient for your little one.
– Enjoy applesauce alone or sprinkle a dash of cinnamon for a simple, delicious dessert. It also makes for a delightful topping on ice cream or yogurt.
- Dips and Spreads:
– Mix applesauce with cinnamon or nutmeg to create a flavorful dip for fruit slices or a spread for your morning toast or crackers.
- Meat Glaze or Marinade:
– applesauce is an excellent base for glazing or marinating meats, especially pork. Its natural sweetness beautifully complements savoury flavours.
- Oatmeal or Porridge:
– Start your day by mixing applesauce into your morning oatmeal or hot cereals. It adds a sweet and fruity twist to your breakfast.
- Pancakes and Waffles:
– Transform your pancakes or waffles by incorporating applesauce into the batter. Not only does it provide moisture, but it also infuses a hint of sweetness.
- Salad Dressing:
– Create a unique salad dressing by blending applesauce with vinegar, olive oil, and spices. The fruity touch will enhance the flavours of your salad.
- Sauces and Compotes:
– Cook Ambrosia applesauce with additional fruits and spices to create a delightful compote or sauce. Serve it alongside pancakes, waffles, or roasted meats for a burst of flavour.
– Enhance your smoothies by using applesauce as a natural sweetener and thickener. Combine it with bananas, berries, or spinach for a nutritious and delicious blend.
– Ambrosia applesauce, on its own, makes for a convenient and healthy snack. Carry it with you wherever you go for a quick and satisfying treat.
Experiment with different recipes and enjoy the versatility applesauce brings to your culinary creations. Happy cooking!
Homemade Applesauce Recipe
8-10 Ambrosia apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup granulated sugar (adjust to taste)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional, for a bit of tartness)
Wash, peel, and core the Ambrosia apples. Cut them into chunks or slices. Remove any seeds or tough parts.
In a large pot, combine the chopped apples and water. Cover the pot and cook over medium heat until the apples soften, stirring occasionally. This should take about 15-20 minutes.
Once the apples are soft, add granulated sugar and cinnamon to the pot. Stir well to combine. Adjust the sweetness to your liking.
Mash the softened apples to your desired consistency using a potato masher or a fork. For a smoother applesauce, use an immersion blender or transfer the cooked apples to a food processor and blend until smooth.
If the applesauce is too thick, add more water and mix until you achieve your desired consistency. If it’s too thin, continue cooking for a few more minutes to allow excess liquid to evaporate.
Adding Lemon Juice (Optional): If you like a slightly tart flavour, add lemon juice and stir well. Lemon juice also helps preserve the colour of the applesauce.
Allow the applesauce to cool to room temperature. Store it in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to a week. You can also freeze it for more extended storage.