I have a friend here that could score a good deal on apples and I got the wild idea to make applesauce with them. Since this was my first time, I only bought (2) 10 lb. bags of apples– one Sweet 16 and the other Honeycrisp. I knew we’d eat a few of the Honeycrisps, but we wouldn’t be able to finish them all off.
I borrowed a food mill to help me do the process a little more quickly, but it still took me nearly 4 hours and I only ended up with 3 quarts of applesauce. The Honeycrisp apples hardly made a sauce, it was more juice.
It did feel good to try something new and accomplish it by myself… my mom is a pro-canner when it comes to tomatoes so I’ve always leaned on her for this sort of thing. However, when it comes to applesauce, I don’t know that I’d do it again. I paid $20 for apples and spent way too much time in the kitchen making a huge, sticky mess. If I have an apple tree one day, I might sing a different tune, but for now, I’m stearing clear from making applesauce.
Have you ever done applesause before? Or do you do apple butter?