Thursday, January 5, 2012

A is for Applesauce

Last fall, a dear friend borrowed me her food mill.  She gave us a bushel of tomatoes and I wanted to try to make juice.  Well, needless to say, I absolutely fell in LOVE with that mill!  The juice turned out great and I tried applesauce as well.  The farmer and the kids were crazy about all the yummy treats I was cranking out with that mill.  

So I went on a mission to buy a food mill.  Well of course, they just don't make things like they used to.  So after searching high and lo at various local stores without success, (everything was plastic), I hit the internet.  I was able to buy the above pictured mill on E-bay and it was the heavy duty USA made mill just like the one I borrowed.  I was ecstatic and so was my family! 

Since, we've been cranking out homemade applesauce like nobody's business.  The farmer helped me make this batch over new years.  We are in awe of the ease of making sauce and it's an unbelievably tasty treat.  Just wash and chunk the apples.  Throw them in a large pot, peelings, core, and all, with approx. 1 inch of water.  Cook until soft.  Add sugar if desired.  Stir until dissolved.  Press softened apple mixture with mill and serve.  Approx. 6-8 lbs. of apples result in approx. 2 quarts of sauce.

I will never buy applesauce again.....Enjoy!

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