Saving the World With Applesauce

Saving the World With Applesauce

Jonathan B.
Dec 12, 2007

For some time now, we've been getting organic produce delivered; it's a great complement to our neighborhood Trader Joe's. For a while, we took advantage of a feature that let us tweak the order.

But lately, we've been relishing the weekly surprise of coming home to a green box filled with mysterious fruit and veg. It's been working out well, but yesterday, we noticed that we had a buildup problem: way more apples that we could eat. Way more past-their-prime, mealy apples. We thought about putting them in the compost bin, but that seemed like a waste, especially since delivered-to-your-door produce hardly qualifies as cheap. But what to do with mushy apples?

We cored and peeled them, chucked out a few that were well on the way to apple cider, added a few equally mushy pears, chopped roughly, boiled for about 20 minutes, mashed, and, voila: delicious, no-sugar-added organic applesauce... perfect for latkes or breakfast.

OK, so applesauce is not going to save the world. But there's no reason to waste food, even if it's in less than perfect shape. We throw brown bananas in the freezer for banana bread, and turn excess celery into frozen mirepoix, but we're wondering: what do you do with other fruits and vegetables? Lemons and oranges? Green beans? Beets?

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