**Before I get to today’s post**
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Now to today’s post.
My friend Carla, (Yep, Carla from Longarm Quilting Inspirations) messaged me the other day and asked if I wanted apples. Hmm. YES??
I’m sure you all have been asked if you wanted extra garden produce from a friend or neighbor. Part of you really wants some and the other part of you knows you signed yourself up for some work if you say yes.
Then the next dreaded question…how much do you want? Hmm. Again, the produce is free…so how much work do you want to do?
After seeing Carla’s tree, loaded with apples with enough to give away to every person she knows, I ended up taking more than I originally planned on taking. Oh, I wish I had thought and taken a picture of her tree. WOW.
Carla said she had Courtland apples and they were a little sour yet. She was afraid a wind would come and knock them all off as the tree was so heavy with fruit. She said now was the best time to get them.
I got home with the apples at about 3:30 pm and decided I was going to start working on getting some of them processed.
Applesauce is a fairly quick and easy way to process a lot of them. This is how I make applesauce…
Quarter apples. Leave the peel on. Leave the core on. You can even leave the stem on. Cook the apples on the stove until you can poke them as you would if you’re boiling potatoes. Then run them through the machine. The junk comes out one side and applesauce comes running out the other. It’s so easy.
I’ve had my… Sauce Master for about 20 years. You can find them HERE on Amazon. I primarily use it for making applesauce. It works for tomatoes too.
Applesauce is easy in that you can freeze it-no canning required…but you want, processing the jars by canning is okay too.
I had a few plastic containers that I immediately filled and froze. I put a glass container in the refrigerator.
I went on and made three ice cream buckets of sauce too.
The applesauce was tart but not bad at all. I’ll likely add a touch of sweetener to it when I serve it.
In between processing the applesauce, I cut up enough apples to make 8 pies.
I also put things together to make two batches of crock pot apple butter. I’ll share that recipe soon…and I have some baking planned too. WOW!
One might think I used up all of the apples being I got so much done…I didn’t. It was 8:40 pm when I quit and it took me an hour to clean the kitchen after all the preserving. Uffda. That was a long time on my feet in the kitchen. When my head hit the pillow, I went right to sleep.
Many thanks to Carla for the apples. It’s going to be a treat to pull some applesauce, apples, and apple butter out of the freezer this winter…and the baked treats we’ll be having for the next couple of weeks will be so yummy. I’ll share the recipes with you!