When my son was a toddler he just loved applesauce! And, the TV show, Blues Clues, was top of his list. He loved everything Blues Clues and had every toy and stuffed animal ta boot. We even took him to Blues Clue Live in Grand Rapids, Michigan to further is love for that adorable dog and his striped-shirt owner.
So being the every-day canner I am, I thought to myself, how cool would it be to incorporate blueberries into his applesauce and naturally flavor the sauce, all the while using the blueberries to naturally die the sauce “BLUE”. I was so excited and so certain he would just love to see this gorgeous blue applesauce grace his plate, I went to work creating a triple batch of my Naturally Flavored Applesauce.
The following day after all the jar lids sealed and I removed each ring and cleaned every jar with hot soapy water, I kept two pints in my kitchen cupboard while the rest went into the pantry for long-term storage.
That afternoon I served this Blues Clues-inspired applesauce, only to have my son’s face wrinkle up in disgust. “Applesuss isn’t boo mumma.” I tried everything I could to convince him to give it a try, but to no avail, he wasn’t having any of it.
I was crushed – and now very nervous as I scrambled to find what to do with the 25 pints I just canned. Hence, I learned a very valuable lesson…only preserve it if you’ll eat it. Well, I certainly wasn’t about to eat 25 pints of blueberry applesauce myself, so back to the kitchen drawing board I went.