What a beautiful holiday weekend! Yesterday we went apple picking, which was a lot of fun. Tabby insisted on wearing her apple jumper, which I thought was adorable of her. As always I would have happily picked more and more apples, but we made ourselves stop after two basketfuls, which was 37 pounds.
That’s a lot of apples to have on hand.
I love apples in baked goods, though, so I can always bake things and put them in the freezer. But first-applesauce! My mom has this wonderful gadget that is like an old fashioned food mill/mortar and pestle. A conical sieve is on a tripod that you put over a bowl. The pestle is wooden and also cone shaped.
You move it around and around forcing all the good apple mush through the little holes leaving behind the seeds and skin. This means that you can cook your apples without peeling or coring-just quarter and throw in the pot!
This does make a very smooth applesauce-if prefer a chunky style you could not use this gadget. Which presumably is meant for more than applesauce but it literally all it has ever been used for in our house.