November 23, 2009

Homemade applesauce

The week before last, my parents travelled to my house for our annual applesauce-a-thon. It was their first trip away over night since my mom's surgery, a big milestone in her recuperation.

We had four baskets of apples - one each of Granny Smith, Yellow Delicious, Cortland and Winesap - so our work was cut out for us.

Thursday afternoon we began by washing and cutting apples and cooking them - we mix the varieties as we cook. Nothing special, we just wash them and unpeeled, cut them into small chunks (the pigment in the skin adds a pink tinge to the finished product) and cook in stock pots with enough water to keep them from burning. We cooled them overnight on my back porch in a large tub (you know, the kind you cool a keg in!)

We brought it inside in small batches:

Then we pass the cooked apples through a cone shaped food mill - this is the exercise portion of the process:

After about three hours of building up our biceps, the four baskets of apples were reduced to this much waste:


And this much applesauce (this is a ten gallon tub!)

Please note that my mom's cane was integral in this picture!

After a thorough stirring, we bagged the applesauce into zip-top bag and loaded the freezer. Note that because we use a mixture of apples, the addition of sugar was not necessary. We garnered about 38 quarts of apple goodness for the coming year. And on New Year's Day, when we sit to enjoy our traditional meal of roast pork with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes, we'll have the best applesauce to enjoy with it.

7 comments:

Mental P Mama said...

Wow! I used to love my mother's applesauce! She had a food mill just like that;)

Nurse Nancy said...

Cannot wait to get my hands on some! I have a similar post ready for tomorrow....did not copy yours!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

DELISH!!!!!!!!!!! my moms mill was a hand cranked contraption that would wear out the heartiest of folk but ohhhh home made apple sauce YUMMMMMMMMMM

Sue said...

Roast pork...saurkeraut...apple sauce...Well i know where I'll be this New Years day!! Tell Mom to move over the cane...

Esther G. said...

Yummy! The other day I needed applesauce to eat with our potato latkes and I made some using 3 apples. You just put me to shame :-)

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh, how wonderful is this! I love that you made homeade applesauce. When I was young my Grammy used to can and make applesauce. This brings back lots of good memories. I saw your comment at Nurse Nancy about your neighbor that ended up in Children's Hospital with the flu. I work in the city so I came over to say hi!

TSannie said...

My mom was here last weekend and we made applesauce. The same mill you have is in my basement - (got it at a tag sale) - we used that newfangled blade food mill thingy. Tho mom said it wasn't nearly as good as her mom's mill (like yours), we made some darn fine apple sauce! Difference from yours? Ours is pink as I simmer the peels with the meat. Makes for some pretty in pink sauce!