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Applesauce Blog

posted Sep 3, 2015, 9:04 AM by Scott Kilpatrick   [ updated Sep 3, 2015, 9:05 AM ]

By Mike Lockwood, Harvest VISTA.

It is nearing the end of the summer season and the beginning of the harvest season here in central Washington.  In addition, one of the most prevalent pieces of produce that is ready to harvest is the state of Washington’s apples.  For the last two weeks, CSML has obtained over 7,000 pounds of fresh gala apples that would have otherwise gone to waste.  It got me thinking about the various ways we can use apples in our meals.  We can eat them straight out raw, put them in a pie, make them a side dish or snack, or even bread products such as apple cinnamon damper bread (an Australian soda bread I made after I studied abroad there).

Recently, I had the opportunity to help a fellow patron and fellow produce donor with making applesauce for her and her family.  It was fascinating to experience the amount of work it takes to make it; from the peeling of the apples and putting them in the pot, to adding the right type of cinnamon (Saigon Cinnamon to be exact because it has a stronger flavor), as well as letting it sit on the stove until it was the right consistency.  Finally, you can either can it or just freeze it for later use.

Applesauce has a broad use.  It can be used as a side dish for foods such as pork chops or potato pancakes.  It can be mixed into other foods such as oatmeal or even plain yogurt.  It adds a sweet flavor to anything that is savory or bland.  More importantly, it is an easy way to obtain your daily serving of fruit.  Consuming whole apples provide antioxidants that prevent such diseases as Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol.  Although minuscule compared to whole apples, 1 cup of HOMEMADE and UNSWEETENED applesauce provides 2.7 grams of fiber, which is 11% of the daily requirement of 25 grams a day.  For more information on the list of benefits of applesauce, visit http://thescienceofeating.com/2014/11/10/benefits-of-unsweetened-applesauce/.

Applesauce is an easy and creative way to obtain a small amount of your daily fiber needs.  It is easy to eat, it can be applied to other savory foods, and has added benefits if homemade and unsweetened.  Here is a simple recipe on how to make homemade applesauce for you and your family (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/applesauce).  It is your choice on how you want to make it but the added benefits with it are far-reaching.

The Moses Lake Food Bank seeks “to alleviate hunger in our community by providing assistance that is simple in style and exemplifies the spirit of providing for one’s neighbor…”  We hope you consider that when you either join us at our gleaning events or when you donate food or money.  Please keep continuing to support us and our mission to provide healthy food for our patrons.

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