Saturday, October 25, 2008

Preserving Nature's Bounty : Applesauce

Despite our own lack of gardening talent, we have been blessed by others' abundance this fall. A neighbor drowning in tomatoes gave us a bushel of scarlet treasure that became salad, salsa and six dinners' worth of tomato sauce.

This week it was apples. Lots and lots of apples.

My sister only just realized that the apples on the trees at her new home are edible. Unfortunately, this realization was made long after our first frost.

The apples were blemished and bug eaten, but wonderfully delicious. They might even be called Golden Delicious.

With some advice from the internet, we decided to transform our bounty into applesauce. After coring and chopping we filled an 8-quart stockpot.

After a long-simmer, we had a pot full of soggy apples

which after a trip through this thing-a-ma-hoosie

became a wonderful, yummy pot of sauce.

Once we realized just how yummy the sauce was, we chopped up the remaining apples to make a grand total of 7 quarts of sauce. One to my sister's home, one for immediate use, and 5 for the freezer. We will be enjoying these apples for weeks to come.


Rockin' Moroccan Mama said...

I posted on craigslist for "free fruits and vegetables". No one has responded. Anyone with apple trees willing to let me come pick for free???? I am envious of all those apples. Looks like yummy applesauce.

Kate in NJ said...


Yas, I would have gladly shared our bounty with you. :-)
There was someone sort of near us who had walnuts to be picked up in their yard, but it was a day we could not do it.
Naturally!We are planning on putting some espaliered apple trees in this coming year.Next to our garage.
Now I just have to convince F.D. to give up his beloved (to him) azaleas and replace them with blueberries!