Brainy Gourmet

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Applesauce ~ Its Pretty Brainy!



Did you know that applesauce was the first meal eaten in space? Yep! Astronaut John Glenn was the first American to eat in space aboard Friendship 7 in 1962. At that time it was not known if ingestion and absorption of nutrients were possible in a state of zero gravity. Glenn's consumption was of applesauce, packed in a tube. This demonstrated that people could eat, swallow, and digest food in a weightless environment.

If you don't have an apple tree, don't panic. Many apple orchards throughout the US have the option 'You Pick'; which means, you can enter the orchard on certain days and pick your own. This is hugely popular in the Midwest.

We are fortunate to have 3 apple trees and this year's crop is a bumper. Just pick, wash, peel and dice up to be cooked down with a bit of added sugar and you've got applesauce which can be eaten immediately or preserved in jars.



*Sources:
https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/apollo-to-the-moon/online/astronaut-life/food-in-space.cfm
http://www.simplycanning.com/canning-applesauce.html

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