Thursday, October 18, 2012

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Pear Applesauce

I used a sweet pear (Bosc) and a tart, crisp apple ( brauburn)
The best way to eat bruised or forgotten about fruit, make applesauce.
This recipe was very easy, I tested with one arm tied behind my back so easy.

Using 2.5 pounds fruit, cut to a uniform size; large diced or slice. This is will make the cooking process a breeze. To the fruit add a cup of apple juice and 2 T med. brown sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon, cover and let boil over med/low heat. for about 40 mins, or until fruit is fork tender. stirring occasionally. Once fruit has cooked down to the desired consistency; taste and adjust sweet and spice. At this point your pear/applesauce is complete. The final step is to blend mixture to desired texture. You can let mixture cool or proceed with caution, and ladle fruit mixture into food processor and pulse to smooth or slightly chunky texture. 
yield = 4cups


Simple Strawberry Preserves

2 # strawberries cleaned and quartered
3T Orange Juice
1 c white sugar

Combine washed, stemmed and quartered strawberries and sugar in to 4 qt pot, stir until sugar is incorporated. cook mixture over med/low heat. stirring every 10 mins. for about 40mins. Until strawberries have no shape. Careful pulse mixture with an emersion blender. until desired texture is reached, I chose to have a slight chucky texture. Taste preserves to adjust sweetness, stir in orange juice. let cool completely before storing.
Storage options: Canning, or airtight jars in fridge for about a week, or freeze.
yield 4 cups

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