Wednesday, November 2, 2011

59. Make canned applesauce for the winter

Making applesauce is something that I got a desire to do from the Hartman family.  Sue made some fantastic applesauce and it always on hand in the freezer ready to go.  Melissa and I have made it in the past, but it always seems that we eat it so fast and there just isn't enough so I wanted to try to make enough to last for a long time.  This goal pushed me to want to make a lot of it.

This is what 80+ pounds of apples look like. It doesn't look very impressive, but there was no way I was going to take them out of the bag for a picture.
We quartered the apples then put them into a pot to soften them up.

After softening up the apples we put them into the food mill.  I stood at that thing for a very long time.  As you can see in the background, I turned the TV so I could watch the football games as I did it.  It made the time go a lot faster.

Here's a close up of the action.  This is when everything still looked clean.  Things got pretty messy toward the end! 

Here's the reward from all of our hard work.  We made 36 jars.

While the process for making the applesauce is kind of long, it is so worth it.  We have already said that we need to ration the applesauce that we have.  I think we could go through a can every 3 days and not get too sick of it.  It is nice having applesauce containing just apples and our own added ingredients.  It makes side dishes at meals a lot easier.

18 goals down!

1 comment:

Mom said...

I hope to get a taste soon! Wow! I'm very glad you have Sue as a role model. I did that kind of stuff when you were a baby, but gave it up before you would be old enough to remember!