I love homemade applesauce - if you've never had it it tastes completely different than the runny storebought stuff and it's very easy to make.
I bought a half bushel of "C" grade Cortlands at a local apple farm for $7.00. They were big and crisp - perfect for making sauce. "C" grade just means they don't look perfect or they are the "wrong" size so they are cheaper than the "A" grade.
I washed them well and cut them in quarters - removing the blossom end - where the little hairs are - but everything else went into 2 large pots to simmer on low for several hours. After they had fully cooked down I dumped them all into one pot so I could use the other pot for the finished applesauce.
I've found that an old fashioned food mill works better than almost anything else. I discovered mine at a "junk-shop" a few years ago. It comes with a wooden squisher but I seem to have misplaced it...Donna to the rescue again - she actually has spares! I have a more "modernized version" with a hand crank (below) but it honestly doesn't work as well.
The sauce is just being reheated now so I will be able to can it. It could also be frozen at this point.
That's all there is to it! If you want to can your applesauce follow the instructions in any good CURRENT canning book like the Bernardin Complete Book of Home Preserving or check online. Canning practises have changed over the years due to extensive testing for food safety - be sure to follow the recipe and then enjoy your own homemade applesauce! YUM.
Friday, September 30, 2011
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