Warning: Applesauce Under Pressure

This evening I was making a batch of brownies that called for some applesauce. Already having an opened jar on hand in the fridge, I got it out, not thinking anything of the fact that it had been in there for quite some time (although it has almost a year until its expiration date). Twisting the cap, you can imagine my shock and surprise when a loud popping sound resounded through the kitchen and I found my glasses splattered with something cold and sticky -- applesauce!

Apparently, the applesauce froze from its place at the back of my refrigerator. When I shock its contents up a little, it seems that some pressure built up, so when I cracked the lid, some sort of little chemical explosion occurred. Not only did the applesauce blow up -- complete with a little puff of smoke! -- but the applesauce itself tasted bitter, almost as if it had been spiked with seltzer. Has anyone ever heard of this happening before? Or have any of you had a similar "strange but true" kitchen encounter?

As for the brownies, they are currently cooling on the counter. They were unaffected by the applesauce adventure, as I simply opened a fresh jar. But what kind of brownies? you ask, and how do they taste? That, my friends, is a post for another day!

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