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Friday, January 29, 2016

GIVEAWAY: GrubMarket California Fruit Bounty Box, Via Daily Deals from a Nerd Mom! (Closed)

What the heck is that? Well, from the original review:

"GrubMarket offers a subscription service so you can enjoy fresh foods direct from farm-to-door. Since this was our first time ever receiving anything from them I had no idea what to expect. On their site, you get an idea of what could be in a box by the photo sample items shown but you won’t truly know until it shows up at your door."
So it's a fruity surprise. I'm for that like you wouldn't believe. And you can win your very own!

GrubMarket California Fruit Bounty Box Giveaway Rules: This giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. The winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is drawn. US only. All bloggers involved in this promotion are not responsible for prize shipment. GrubMarket is in charge of that.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Applesauce: Don't Have It? Make It!

I love using unsweetened applesauce in baking, but I never seem to have it on hand. You can get shelf-stable cups, sure, or freeze it, but I usually forget and end up tossing it. So one day, when I realized I had everything for a recipe EXCEPT applesauce, I thought, why not take to the Internet and see just how hard it is to make? After all, I always have apples on hand, because it's the end of the world around here if I don't.

It turns out, it's pretty simple. Peel, chop and core apples, add water, cook until soft, then run through a food processor or mash. Voila.


I saw a lot of opinions and proportions, but for super basic, simple, unsweetened applesauce, I went with this:

1 pound apples

1/4 cup water

That's it! Just cover and simmer until the apples soften and there's little water left. You do want to keep an eye on it, and add water or remove the cover to keep it on target. What's cool is that it's also a good way to use up those "questionable" apples that kids find terrifying, with bruises, holes or splits. It froze fabulously, too, with no change in flavor, and any apples work well.

So if you want really fresh applesauce, go for it. It's for real, no sweat.