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Friday, April 15, 2011

Fruit Butter or Sauce

I like to collect wild apples in the fall and cook them into butter or sauce.  If you know of some trees that bare fruit in the fall, begin tasting them to see when they will be ripe.  Summer rain helps them to be juicy, dry apples don't work as well.  Very tart apples take lots of sugar.  When they are ripe, pick a bag, wash and pare out dark spots.  You don't need to peel or cut out cores.  Just quarter and drop into a large pot.  If they are juicy, you need no extra water.  Cook over medium until tender.  Once cooled enough to safely handle, put through a fruit mill.  Oxo 1071478 Good Grips Food Mill.  This is easy but messy.  Best to do this part over the kitchen sink.

Now you have lovely sauce to add a bit of sugar or honey and cinnamon to taste.  If you want fruit butter, put back on the stove and cook until thick.  Use a wooden spoon to stir. Freeze or can in a water bath.

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