8-Minute Applesauce… in the Microwave!posted by Andrea | 11/15/2012
Remember my post from a few weeks ago about how I salvage fruit and vegetables that are a little past their prime? Well this year, that is more true than ever before because prices for fresh produce are abnormally expensive due to a very warm March, and then a drought for most of July and August.
Thankfully, I only can and preserve fruits and veggies every other year — and this was my “off year” — so I didn’t have to buy bushels of produce at such expensive prices. However, even buying produce to eat and bake with makes a hefty dent in our grocery budget; so I’ve made it my mission to use every morsel of produce I bring home! I’ve also been scouring the reduced price produce racks every time I’m at the store.
Well last week, I hit the jack pot and got a HUGE bag of Michigan apples for only $2.00 on the reduced rack! And while most of them were completely edible, there were a handful that we definitely would not eat raw.
I thought about making a pie, but since I had just finished a massive all-afternoon bake-a-thon, I wasn’t jumping up and down about baking again.
So I decided to make a very small batch of applesauce — in my microwave!
Yes, I could have made my applesauce on the stove, but I’ve just been having so much fun using our brand new GE Café microwave lately, and I figured the process would be much faster and less messy in the microwave.
I was right!
OK, so before I share my simple “recipe”, I have to tell you about our new microwave.
Last month, when I blogged about our brand new GE kitchen appliances, I mentioned that our microwave was just a little cheap thing we had purchased for $5 from Craigslist.
It was tiny — and not very powerful at all 🙂
So the very next day, I was thrilled (and completely surprised) when I received an email from GE saying that they’d love to upgrade us to the GE Café Convection/Microwave oven — that just so happened to match all our other GE Café appliances!
Isn’t it pretty — and big!
Luckily, it still fit inside our little corner cabinet — since you know I’m weird about microwaves sitting out in the open 🙂
Nora is absolutely enthralled with the new microwave — and Dave just loves how big it is. I honestly think Nora could fit inside this microwave 🙂
I love all the fabulous features that have really helped to simplify and organize my time in the kitchen.
For example, this microwave does everything “normal” microwaves can do — but it also has a little button that I can push to transform it into a convection oven (which means I can actually cook and bake in this microwave).
It preheats just like an oven (in about 3 minutes!), and cooks your food in WAY less time.
Just the other day, I forgot to put the rolls in the oven, so instead of stalling dinner, I simply stuck them in the microwave on the convection setting. Less than 6 minutes later, we had fresh-from-the-“oven” dinner rolls!
OK, back to my microwaved applesauce.
I used the convection feature on my microwave to make the process move a little faster, but you CAN still make this recipe even if you don’t have a convection microwave.
In fact, the recipe below is for regular microwaves — so you shouldn’t need to make any changes.
Recipe for 8-Minute Applesauce
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- 5-6 apples (mushy ones are fine and almost any variety will work)
- 1/8 c. water
- cinnamon and/or sugar to taste — optional
- peal and core apples and place in a microwave-safe dish (I use a steamer from Pampered Chef)
- pour water over apples
- cover and cook on high for 4 minutes
- stir, recover and cook on high for another 4 minutes
- mash apples with a potato masher
- add sugar or cinnamon to taste (I never add sugar, and I only add cinnamon if I want to make Dave happy!)
- eat and enjoy!
- This recipe makes about 2 cups of applesauce.
Store any extra applesauce in a sealed container in the refrigerator. It should last for at least a week or more.
How easy was that!
I should note that the ONLY reason I peel the apples before cooking them is because it makes it way easier to mash them up. If you don’t peel them, your applesauce will have a lovely pink color… but you’ll have to run your sauce through a food mill to get rid of all the peelings (and then it would take way longer than 8 minutes!)
When my mom and I can applesauce in bulk, we leave the peelings on and use a food mill, but for this small of a batch, it’s just easier to peel them first.
This applesauce tastes absolutely delicious, and it will make your house smell like you’ve been simmering apples all day long!
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Thanks to GE for the awesome new microwave — it’s the cherry on top of our delicious kitchen renovation!
What is your favorite way to use up mushy apples?
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