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Need to use up applesauce

PotatoPuff Jan 9, 2012 02:25 PM

I need to use up at least a jar of applesauce, any ideas how? Preferably something savory as opposed to a dessert, and ideally something that won't use up a million pots and pans...

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  1. biggreenmatt RE: PotatoPuff Jan 9, 2012 02:26 PM

    May I suggest a spoon?

    1. greygarious RE: PotatoPuff Jan 9, 2012 02:39 PM

      Applesauce is good with pork and cabbage. I like to saute onions, garlic, pork cutlets/medallions, and cabbage, with caraway, and then stir in some applesauce and cider vinegar at the end. Serve this stew with polenta or steamed potatoes.

      Eviscerate halves of acorn squash, stuff with combination of sauteed diced sausage, onion, bread cubes, and applesauce, and bake.

      Add applesauce when making curried winter squash soup.

      Latkes, of course.

      Applesauce freezes indefinitely.

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        fourunder RE: PotatoPuff Jan 9, 2012 02:54 PM

        I would make duck sauce....

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          magiesmom RE: PotatoPuff Jan 9, 2012 04:25 PM

          I would just freeze it myself. But I also like it in oatmeal and in yogurt.

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            rtms RE: PotatoPuff Jan 9, 2012 07:26 PM

            What about using the applesauce to braise pork - for a pulled-type pork. Or a butternut squash and apple(sauce) soup?

            I found a gingercake recipe that uses applesauce. I can't wait to make it.

            1. melpy RE: PotatoPuff Jan 9, 2012 07:30 PM

              My meatloaf contains applesauce. Let me know if you want the recipe.

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                rtms RE: melpy Jan 10, 2012 05:33 PM

                I'd like the recipe!

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                  melpy RE: rtms Jan 11, 2012 11:07 AM

                  I'll grab it for you when I get home. It contains ground beef, applesauce, ketchup, dried sage among other things and recently I have been adding a glaze of ketchup and brown sugar.

              2. CCSPRINGS RE: PotatoPuff Jan 9, 2012 08:20 PM

                Make waffles, serve with bacon and or sausage. No need for maple syrup.

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                  tcamp RE: CCSPRINGS Jan 10, 2012 07:45 AM

                  Second this one. I make waffles with even less sugar than usual, fry up a bunch of sausage patties, put sausage on the waffles, top with applesauce and, voila, all food groups represented.

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                    greygarious RE: tcamp Jan 10, 2012 08:22 AM

                    I put the applesauce IN the batter for waffles or pancakes. I came up with the idea when a friend was recovering from a serious gastrointestinal infection and had to eat mostly carbs, but found nothing appealing. I used the applesauce instead of milk (and just egg whites). The pancakes came out very moist and tender, so I've done that ever since.

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                  PotatoPuff RE: PotatoPuff Jan 10, 2012 08:02 AM

                  So thanks for all of the ideas! A few thoughts:
                  -I have a very small freezer, and it's already full :(
                  -I can't do anything involving pork/sausage, because I keep kosher
                  -The gingercake sounds yummy, I might try that

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                    CCSPRINGS RE: PotatoPuff Jan 10, 2012 11:57 AM

                    Although I don't follow a kosher diet I eat almost no pork. Applegate brand turkey bacon is quite good. Chicken sausage is a great substitute for pork.

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                      magiesmom RE: CCSPRINGS Jan 10, 2012 12:35 PM

                      but lots of chicken sausage is still in pork casings.
                      I just really can't imagine it is so hard to eat a jar of applesauce. It is such a good snack.

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                        PotatoPuff RE: CCSPRINGS Jan 11, 2012 08:25 AM

                        So it's a bit difficult to find kosher turkey bacon, but I'm sure it's delicious! As for eating straight from the jar, it gets a bit boring after a few days, and I have almost two full open jars to use up - preferably quickly because they are taking up valuable fridge space!

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                      katecm RE: PotatoPuff Jan 10, 2012 09:51 AM

                      Add it to chicken meatballs with tarragon. Or with bacon. Then use whatever you haven't mixed into the meatballs as the base for a sauce along with shallots, wine and broth.

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                        magiesmom RE: katecm Jan 10, 2012 02:54 PM

                        I'm thinking bacon is not a good choice for this kosher OP.

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                          katecm RE: magiesmom Jan 11, 2012 07:03 AM

                          Turkey bacon! Or just skip it.

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                        acgold7 RE: PotatoPuff Jan 10, 2012 01:40 PM

                        A while back, applesauce was a popular substitution for butter or oil in baked goods, if you're a high-carb, low-fat person.

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                          valerie RE: acgold7 Jan 10, 2012 04:21 PM

                          I make low fat banana muffins for my kids and I throw in some applesauce to moisten them up a bit. Plus I cut back on the amount of sugar that the recipe calls for, so the applesauce adds a little sweetness to them.

                        2. jmcarthur8 RE: PotatoPuff Jan 10, 2012 03:10 PM

                          Do you like sauerkraut?

                          Dice and saute in dutch oven:
                          1/2 lb. turkey bacon, 1 onion, 1 green pepper

                          Rinse (2) 27 oz or bags sauerkraut with cold water. Drain.
                          Add into dutch oven with:
                          (1) 32 oz jar Polish sauerkraut with caraway seeds
                          1 to 2 cups applesauce
                          1/2 lb. sliced mushrooms

                          Stir and bake at 325' for one hour.

                          I got this recipe from an old Polish woman I worked with about 30 years ago. She brought it for a pot luck one day, and I was hooked. She used regular bacon, but the turkey bacon would be fine in it.

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                            magiesmom RE: jmcarthur8 Jan 10, 2012 05:16 PM

                            that sounds delicious! What is the difference between the two types of sauerkraut ( sorry if ignorant question)?

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                              jmcarthur8 RE: magiesmom Jan 11, 2012 03:55 PM

                              I just noticed that my recipe should have said;

                              (2) 27 oz -cans- or bags sauerkraut

                              The bagged sauerkraut is crunchier, but it does have preservatives. I'm not a big fan of canned sauerkraut, I prefer it in jars, but the selection varies around the country. There aren't preservatives in the jarred kraut, because it is steam cooked.
                              Polish sauerkraut is the one with caraway seeds in it. I don't know if there are other differences, though.
                              It really is delicious. Do try it!

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                            biscottifan RE: PotatoPuff Jan 11, 2012 07:12 AM

                            Make a fruit smoothie. Put it in a blender with some ginger ale and ice cubes.

                            1. KarenDW RE: PotatoPuff Jan 11, 2012 04:26 PM

                              incorporate into a curry as part of the liquid

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