Who We Are

The past few years, the area where I live, Crawford County, Ohio, has seen a wonderful explosion of younger families who are embracing the joys and challenges of living off the land. Because of them, amazing things are happening which have been embraced by our community. Farmer’s markets have been created and on-farm stores have opened. Families dedicated to growing organic produce and naturally raised meats are meeting the public’s needs for locally raised foods. And at the heart of this movement are the women.

Ohio Country Journal is my attempt to share the essence of farm life, focusing on, but not limited to, women. My goal is to bring you into our circle of friendship by inviting you to share your stories and experiences with us. You don’t have to be a full time country woman to benefit from joining us; you just have to be you.

The full-time country women featured in Ohio Country Journal are an inspiration to anyone who dares to follow her dreams, whether it is to live in the country or to bring the country life-style to their urban neighborhoods.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Variations on a Theme: "Pretty in Pink" Applesauce

When we left our heroine, she had goofed up a tried-and-true recipe for cinnamon apple rings by substituting apple cider for water and sugar. Sure, the cider gave the apple rings a deeper flavor, but the desired red color went missing.

Plus, after putting the apple rings in a refrigerator container, she had about half of the cider/cinnamon red-hot candy mixture left. 

Can't let good spiced cider go to waste now, can we?

What to do?

Why, make pink apple sauce, of course!

For this project, Golden Delicious apples were rescued from the cider bins, peeled and chopped into chunks, and cooked in the leftover cider. Because these apples are good for sauce, and also because they were on the other side of being ripe, not much else needed to be done...the apples cooked down into a lovely chunky applesauce. 

But the sauce wasn't very pink. This was easily fixed by adding candy until the mixture colored up. A taste test met approval: no sugar was needed to offset the extra candy because cooking the apples brought out more of their own sugar.


Marcheta *takin' the easy way

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  1. Easy peasey! Pink applesauce makes me think of my grandma ... ah, memories!

  2. Noel, how special for you that your grandma made pink applesauce!. An Apron Free Cooking method could involve adding cinnamon red-hot candies to store-bought applesauce. What do you think? (grinz).

    Thanks for posting,