Put up applesauce for the winter

Apples are new and exciting in September, but you'll be getting tired of them by February, and there still won't be any decent fresh fruit available until the end of April. Applesauce is a great way to eat apples when you're tired of apples. Plus, you can use applesauce instead of oil in all kinds of nut breads and cakes. So take some rainy afternoon in September or October and cook down a whole bushel of apples into applesauce. Put the applesauce in small tupperwares or plastic bags and freeze it. Then next winter and spring, you'll have applesauce to eat with your blintzes. Or try applesauce right away with corn pancakes or noodle souffle.

How to make applesauce:

Cut up about twenty apples and cut out the cores and seeds. You can peel them if you like, but we usually don't. Put the apples in a large stewpot and add enough water to about half cover the apples. Cook over medium heat for about half an hour, or until the apples are soft. Drain off any extra liquid, let the applesauce cool a little so you don't burn yourself mashing, and mash with a potato masher or an immersion blender.

A lot of people add sugar or cinnamon, but first of all apples are already sweet and there's no need for that, and second, if you're going to use some of your applesauce to bake with, you don't want it to already have a lot of sugar in it.

Vegetarian or vegan

Applesauce is totally vegan, because there's nothing in it but apples.