Posted on October 27 2010
Fall is my favorite season. I just love the way New England’s cool, fresh air lends itself for hiking and the leaves turn the most vibrant reds, oranges and yellows. I also love apples. Apples are my very favorite fruit because of all the different varieties. Gala, Cortland, Empire and Honeycrisp to name a few. There is even apple essential oil on my Cucumber Aloe Vera line because I (and most kids) love this fruity, clean fragrance.
My ultimate favorite is the Gala – hard and cruncy. The Honey Crisp are juicier but also so incredibly crunchy and fresh.
The kids had fun picking all these apples in Rhode Island. We went to a farm called the Youngs Farmily Farm - www.youngfamilyfarm.com - where they painted pumpkins and drank warm apple cider. The painting of the pumpkins was such a fun activity – and have added great table centerpieces to our home.
It was one of those quintessential new England days where all you want to be doing is picking fresh fruit, walking on crunchy leaves and making apple sauce with the freshly picked apples.
Gramma Ina's Amazing Apple Sauce:
Reddest Cortland Apples are the Best (comes out really pink)
Cut them in quarters (don't remove skin) but remove seeds and core
Add an inch of water to pot. Bring to boil. Add Apples. Stir a few times so doesn't stick to bottom.
Cook till apples are very soft. Add a bit of water if it absorbs quickly.
Run them through Foley Mill
Add a bit of sugar, vanilla or honey if you wish (it tastes great without it)