Re: [gardeners] Applesauce/basil

Margaret Lauterbach (
Sun, 05 Aug 2001 12:08:04 -0600

>I know there are a couple of folks on the list who are diabetic - as am I. I
>came across some nice June apples and I want to make chunky applesauce in a
>crackpot today. Question -- has anyone ever done this using Equal instead of
>sugar? I fear Equal would break down in the prolonged heat of the crockpot.

Nice to hear from you, Rosemary, and I'm glad your "crackpot" became a 

>Another question. Can basil be grown indoors if one has a sunny window?

Yes, but remember, it's an annual.  My friend has what she calls "perpetual 
basil."  She buys some from the store, puts some in water in a sunny 
window, where it roots.  Then she takes clips off that plant and puts them 
into water, etc.

>Rhodies, mountain laurel doing great. Azaleas not so great but hanging in. I
>think there is too much shade for the azaleas.

Are you monitoring the shadegarden list too, Rosemary?  And watching for 
Marge Talt's "shadegardens" on Suite 101?

>Have a new member of my household! Those of you who know me know I have
>Welsh Corgis. I have two right now - my old guy, Zach, who is 13 and Eliza,
>who is almost two (and too big for her britches!). Also have Abby, a Maine
>Coon Cat. 2 weeks ago, Murphy came to live with me. He's 1/2 German Shepherd
>and 1/2 Collie and talk about a GOOD DOG!! He is wonderful and I'm convinced
>he was sent to me as my guardian angel! :) He's totally obedience trained -
>and, I suspect, guard trained. I live so far out in the boondocks that he's
>wonderful to have! He's outdoors mostly, of course. He prefers that as he
>thinks it's his job to guard the property.....though I'm sure, come winter,
>he'll be sleeping by my bed! Abby isn't too fond of him. :)

That sounds wonderful.  Did Murphy just show up?

>Hope all of you are well and I want to try to participate on the list more!
>Any time anyone wants to post no (or low) sugar recipes, please do! Those of
>us that can't eat much/any sugar need them!
>Now back to the applesauce...

Rosemary, my husband is diabetic too.  One thing that is used as a 
sweetener is concentrated apple juice. Now I paid a small fortune for some 
of that at the health foods place, but Terry King suggested I just use 
frozen apple juice, undiluted. Duhhhh!!!
I've made applesauce out of Gravenstein apples with no sweetening, but now 
I wish I'd used some of the concentrated apple juice.  I like it sweeter.
Chuck takes responsibility for his own diet, and went through an intensive 
3-day training session where he learned how he had to eat. He's doing a 
great job regulating his diabetes by diet alone.  Insurance paid for that 
schooling, BTW.  Margaret L

>Rosemary, Zone 6a, on top of a mountain in Eastern KY