Frost is right around the corner here in northwest Indiana, so we are at a frenzy trying to get all of the apples harvested. We like applesauce, but plain applesauce is a little boring. So, I decided to try a batch cooked in green tea.
The results were great! The green tea taste was very subtle, not overpowering at all. The added bonus of cinnamon and stevia makes this applesauce extra special.
Green Tea Applesauce(makes about 10 pints)
50-60 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
7 cups strongly brewed green tea
1 1/2 cups stevia or truvia
6 cinnamon sticks
Combine all ingredients except stevia and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the apples are tender, approximately 30 minutes.
Discard the cinnamon sticks and run the apple mixture through a food mill, or put through a blender. Return to the stove and add the stevia or truvia. Heat on low while filling the canning jars.
Water bath for 30 minutes.
Brew the green tea.
Peel, core and chop apples.
My little 4 year old enjoys this.
Cook apples, green tea and cinnamon sticks until tender. Run through a food mill or blender, add stevia or truvia to taste and cook on low. Fill clean, sterile jars. Water bath for 30 minutes.
I use the leftover peels for apple cider vinegar. Just add water to the peels until they are barely covered. I then add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to speed up the process. Cover with a paper towel and canning lid and store in a warm dark place. In a week, check the progress and taste test it. This usually takes a couple of weeks to finish.
Apple cider butter is my absolute favorite recipe for apple butter. You can't beat the extra flavor of cider!
Apple Cider Butter(makes about 10 pints)
10 lbs apples peeled, cored and diced
6 cups apple cider
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
cinnamon to taste
Boil apples and cider until tender, approximately 30 minutes. Run through a food mill. Add the sugar and cinnamon and heat on low, stirring frequently. Cook until you have the desired consistency. For my preference, it is almost at the consistency I like it once the sugar and cinnamon are added.
Pour in sterile jars and water bath for 30 minutes.
Enjoy apples all winter long!
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