Fall is official in Ohio when the apple orchards open for picking. The first up is typically the Honeycrisp and they are gone within a day. If you ever have the chance to pick fresh Honeycrisp, it is absolutely worth the craze at the orchard. A fresh Honeycrisp right off the tree is the best apple you will ever have.
Sadly, we missed the honeycrisps this year. We instead caught the last bit of Suncrisps, also amazing. I really mean last bit though. I was climbing the trees and Joe was lifting B for every last Suncrisp we could spot.
They were worth it. G would agree…
Unfortunately since the Suncrisps were slim pickings, we gathered a small bag to munch on and moved onto the Romes. I actually had never had a Rome Apple before, but they were awesome. It was also M’s first time to the apple orchard and she liked it just as much as mama.
And I love everything about the orchard… But what I love most is being able to share the experience and tradition of apple picking every Fall with these little ones.
Okay, on to the applesauce…
One of my favorite childhood memories is making homemade applesauce with my dad. I’m making it sound like I really helped, but I didn’t. I sat at the kitchen table with him while he peeled and cored the apples. I would munch on the peels as they spiraled off the apples. I loved everything about those moments.
When I was pregnant with B I craved my dad’s homemade applesauce. I didn’t crave much when pregnant but dad’s applesauce and mom’s mac n cheese. I brought my dad a bag full of apples once and he graciously made me a pot of his applesauce. I don’t think I shared a spoonfull.
I wanted to share the memory of making applesauce with B. He’s the best little helper.
We used about 20 apples to make a full pot of applesauce.
We peeled, cored, and sliced the apples with the help of our little tool. Of course, this can be done by hand but way easier with one of these bad boys.
Put the apples over medium heat. Once slightly softened, I used a wooden spatula to further break up the apples. Add 1 1/2 cups water, 1/2 cup light brown sugar and two cinnamon sticks.
Cook on medium heat until the apples have softened completely and browned, approximately half an hour.
I prefer my applesauce like my dad’s, chunky, so I don’t puree it. If you prefer smooth applesauce, you can puree in a blender or by using an hand emulsion blender.