Do you remember my 5 boxes full of apples?
The kids and I spent 2 long afternoons turning them into applesauce.
The first step was to wash every apple – we used a solution of Fit and water. This was Buddy’s job and he did it well.
From there the apples went to the table where Dagmar and Angel Girl were waiting. They carefully cut each apple into quarters – removing any bad spots. Notice that the skin and cores are still present? We’ll take care of that soon – I promise.
When we had a pan full of apples, I added some water and put it on the stove to cook. Make sure you stir it occasionally or they will scorch! (Ask me how I know that! 😦 )
Notice the back pan – it’s cooked down just right. The front pan is just starting. Oh dear – there’s a bruised spot the girls missed! Oops!
These apples are cooked down and ready to be sauced. Notice how the skin has released and you can see already see sauce forming?
Now it’s time for the super- duper wonder machine! I LOVE my Victorio Strainer! One child scoops the hot apples in the top while another child spins the handle. The core, skins and seeds came out one side to be discarded (chicken food here!) and hot applesauce comes out the other.
We bought my Victorio 17 years ago and it paid for itself the very first year. It’s saved me money every year since.
Now come the fun part – tasting! If you think it’s sweet enough – go ahead and package it. If not – add the sweetening of your choice.
My whole crew gets involved in this step – everybody has a spoon and an opinion! (For the record – some of them never think it’s sweet enough!)
Once you have the desired taste, you can put the finished sauce in containers and freeze it – or put it in sterilized jars and give it 20 minutes in a boiling water bath canner.
We repeated the process until we had used up all the apples – and now have 100 quarts of perfectly sweetened applesauce sitting in the pantry waiting for a cold winter day.
And that’s a might good feeling!
I’ve linked this post up at Tempt My Tummy Tuesday At Blessed With Grace, Tuesdays at the Table at All the Small Stuff and Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam.
14 thoughts on “Applesauce”
Hmmm – I wonder if I could find one of those magic machines on ebay. I was wanting to do some applesauce this fall.
If you click on Victorio Strainer in the post it will take you to Amazon where you can purchase one. I’ve never checked on eBay. I got mine at an Amish store. Our store down the road sells them. Hope you can find one! They are amazing!
That is so cool! I remember canning when I was younger. 🙂
Looks really good!! 🙂 I’ve never been big on Applesauce,but love apples!
Okay that looked waaay too easy!! And so much fun~
Thanks for posting! Cinnamon
I have to get my hands on one of those strainers! I’m thinking Christmas present.
I have some kids who think the homemade applesauce is never sweet enough either!
Homemade applesauce is the best!
Yum! There is nothing like homemade applesauce. So looking forward to fall and all that comes with it – smells, scents, and fall comfort foods like this. 🙂
My apples are not quite ready for picking. Your post sure did put me in the mood for applesauce though! I can’t wait until it is my turn!
We like applesauce muffins.
I love applesauce – I actually have a really simple Slow Cooker recipe for apples sauce… it saves many of the traditional steps.. but just as good!!
This is quite the family endeavor! It great you had some willing little helpers.:) And the final product looks delicious.!
This looks delicious! I am very jealous!!! I just might have to come over some cold day 😉 Enjoy it!
I love mine with lots of cinnamon!