Applesaucing the night away.

Remember a year ago, gentle reader, when I wrote a ranty post about how I hated making applesauce and that applesauce was messy and pretty much that applesauce was the devil?  And then I vowed I’d never buy bushels and bushels of apples to make applesauce ever again?

Yeah, well, I lied.  I am a liar.  My pants will probably burst into flame at any moment.

Homemade applesauce just tastes so much better.  And it’s cheaper.  And you can throw in strawberries to turn it into strawberry-applesauce, which is pretty much nectar of the gods, my friend.

Look at the gorgeousness that is strawberry-applesauce.

Plus, I bought this handy-dandy machine that peels and cores the apple while I just turn a crank.  This blessed contraption has cut my prep time down by 65% and I no longer feel like I am getting carpel tunnel in my hands.

Additionally this year, I discovered that having The X-Files on the t.v. makes the time just fly by.  Best of all, because I’m busy peeling apples I don’t have to hide my eyes every time a scary part comes on.  (Which, let’s face it, happens every seven minutes with that show.)

(Speaking of The X-Files, have you ever noticed that Agent Mulder sounds a whole lot like Agent Smolder?  Yeah, I think that was deliberate.)

By the end of the night, I had canned twelve quarts of applesauce (six with strawberries), watched Dana Scully be threatened with bodily harm twice, while Agent Mulder concocted three crazy theories involving space aliens or black magic, and I shouted out advice to the television screen four times.  (None of which was ever heeded, gentle reader.  The death rate on t.v. would be so much lower if those fools would just listen to me once in a while.)

All in all it was a fabulous evening.  Long live applesauce.

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5 Responses to Applesaucing the night away.

  1. How many cases of apples made twelve quarts of applesauce? And how would you ever actually make a year supply of applesauce? Is that possible? Even with an apple peeler corer slicer? Maybe someday I’ll have my house put back together so that I can conquer other amazing things like canning and cool (very hot) stuff like that. I do have to admit, it would save bundles of money if I’d actually grow my own garden and grow it big enough to sustain us through a whole year. But the amount of work involved just makes me want to hide.

    I wish I could taste your strawberry applesauce! It looks divine!

    • bunkersdown says:

      Last year I made enough applesauce that we still have over five quarts left. It takes about a bushel and a half of apples to make that much. This year I “just” bought 1 bushel. I canned half of them last night to make 12 quarts. I’ll make another 12 quarts in a day or so. Those 24 quarts will last us a good nine months, plus we have the leftovers from last year. With the right machine the whole thing takes about 8 hours total, and I break it up so as not to do it all in one day.

  2. kaylakakes says:

    Homemade applesauce is 100 times better than what you buy in the store. No comparison at all. My husband and daughter love when I make it. I also make baked apples. Yummy!

  3. Seasonsgirl says:

    I made my first batch of homemade applesauce this year and really love having it ready for the winter 🙂

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