I love to make applesauce.
I was disappointed that our trees didn’t produce apples last year and I was also thankful because I had a baby and three other children.
This spring when our trees were loaded with apple blossoms I was jumping with joy. When the apples started appearing I didn’t thin the tiny apples so that I would have bigger apples (directions on thinning click here), I wanted as many apples as possible.
I picked apples off the ground every day. The really bad apples went to the chickens and a few went to the horse. I would guess that I gave the chickens about five 5 gallon buckets of apples throughout the fall. We ate a lot (and are still eating) and the rest I stored in our garage until I was ready to make applesauce.
I use a steamer/juicer called Mehu-Maija, it is a Finnish utensil. I first learned of this amazing system from my mother-in-law who is 100% Finnish.
I am fortunate to own two Mehu-Maijas. I love them. In my opinion, if you make applesauce, wine, or jellies this is a necessary tool! Every time I have loaned one of mine to a friend they have ended up buying one (three friends). I have raved about my system to other friends and two have ended up buying one.
My apples produce a beautiful pink applesauce.
My applesauce and juice in 2013:
36 quarts and 19 pints of applesauce
12 quarts of apple juice
I shared a bunch of apples with friends. They shared some with their friends and made all this: