I love autumn. Now, I don’t love fall weather as much as I love fall activities, but I still have a soft spot for the season. Fall is when Starbucks finally starts making Pumpkin Spice Lattes again. Fall is the time of the year when you get to show off how good you are at layering cute wardrobe pieces. Fall also means that it’s time to pick apples.
This year, my friends and I thought we would go to a new spot. So we decided to venture out into Stouffville to give Applewood Farm and Winery a visit. It was super warm that day, so luckily we didn’t need to combat any of that pesky fall weather. Here’s a sneak peek at what our apple-picking adventure was like!
The farm was super cute and had the most adorable gift / goods shop (yes, I left with apple cider, apple syrup and alcoholic ciders… don’t judge me).
Here’s my boyfriend, Mr. Cavaliere, and I trying to choose the best tree for our picking adventures!
There were so many yummy-looking apples, it was hard to just pick one! So, we maybe ended up leaving with a full bag…
Apple picking is so much fun, but most people might be pretty stumped what to do with all of their apples (after all, how many apples can one person really eat each day before they spoil?!). So, I decided to try out making apple sauce for the first time as well! The recipe is actually so much easier than expected.
Homemade Apple Sauce Recipe
What You’ll Need:
- 4 apples (I doubled the recipe, so I used 8 and ended up with a jar full of apple sauce)
- 3/4 a cup of water
- cinnamon to taste
- pot with a lid
- potato masher
- empty jar
- Wash your apples. Chances are that since you picked them from the source, they’ll probably be a little dirty. Pro Tip: If you’re worried about any pesticides, fill a sink with water and add a cup of vinegar. Let your apples sit in the water for 20 minutes and then rinse your apples well.
- Peel, chop and core apples. (It sounds easier than it looks, and most definitely is the longest step).
- Put your apple slices into the pot and add water. Also add as much cinnamon as your heart desires.
- Let your apples cook for 15-20 minutes on medium heat (or until your apples are soft) in the covered pot.
- Once your apples are soft, take the pot off of the heat and use your potato masher to break up the apples.
- And that’s it! Once your mixture has cooled, all you need to do is to keep your homemade applesauce in a jar and keep it in your fridge. Don’t forget, since there are no preservatives in your apple sauce, don’t let it sit in the fridge for too long!
I’m really glad that we decided to venture out into a new place to pick apples this year. Regardless of it being unseasonably warm, we had so much fun. Now I can’t wait to go pumpkin picking!