Monday, October 31, 2011


The girls and I went to a homeschooling event at a local orchard where we and one other family were the only ones there. We had a blast, got a tractor ride to some choice and older Macintosh apple trees as well as feeding sheep grain pellets, eating fresh apple donuts and drinking fresh apple cider. Along with the free bags into which we could stuff eight apples, we went home with a large bag of apples we filled with apples and paid for. My intention: make applesauce. And, if I have any apples left over, make a pie or can them.

For the applesauce, I used the recipe from the Rodale publication Preserving Summer's Bounty.

The first batch I made filled only one jar with some left over for dessert, so I decided to just peel apples until I reached the bottom of the bag and count how many batches of 13 (what was specified in the recipe) I had left. Since I had four, I quadrupled the recipe.

Because I didn't have a food mill, I peeled the apples with Tim's help, cored them and cut them up into sections then threw them into the pot with the rest of the ingredients. What a wonderful recipe! The ingredients were lemon juice, honey, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to taste. No sugar at all.

Thank goodness, the seals took! Now I have eight jars of lovely applesauce with enough left over for desert with ten apples ready for whatever.

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