My Apple Sauce for Apple Butter Week
My Great Grandmother Arizona Henry loved the Apple Butter Festival. Every year we had our Annual Apple Butter meal with family from out of town. We would walk around the festival all day and then come home to a feast. We called this our Apple Butter Thanksgiving dinner because it consisted of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, and hot bread. I still prepare this special meal in my Grandma Zona’s honor. My family still comes on that Friday night, and we stay up all night talking and head to the parade first thing Saturday morning. It’s always such a great time of year.
Apples are a good, healthy snack. They give you energy and fiber. Studies show eating apples may lower your risk of heart disease, fight against cancer, support weight loss, improve bone health, and promote brain function. Try leaving the skins on the apples. The skin has a high concentration of antioxidants and polyphenols.
Honeycrisp apples will always be my favorite apple for eating or cooking. They are juicier and crunchier than other apples. So get your apples this year at the festival and have a great time.
10 fresh apples
¼ cup water
¼ cup sugar or Splenda
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
- Combine apples, water, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a saucepan; cover and cook over medium heat for about 1 hour or until apples are soft.
- Cool and mash with a fork or potato masher until it’s the consistency you like.
Stacy Schultz is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, a former Morgan County Commissioner and is the author of “It’s Stacy’s Grandma ‘Zona’s recipes.” She has been in healthcare for 35 years at War Memorial Hospital.