Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Cooking with Amy: Applesauce

Everyday Dad picked up a peck? a bushel? LOTS of apples from the great state of Maine and I thought I'd make a little applesauce.

In true Amy fashion, I Googled recipes and got overwhelmed that they were all different. So I did what any good cook would do, I just threw a bunch of stuff in the pot without measuring anything and hoped for the best.

Prep time 10 minutes. HA! They obviously have not met me. It took at least 25 minutes to peel and cut up the apples. At first, I cut the apple into slices then peeled each individual slice. I quickly realized that it wasn't the most efficient way to skin apples.

Everyday Dad then schooled me on the proper way to skin an apple.

He skinned the entire apple in two strips!

FYI: This is how I skin apples. #Fail.

After all the peeling and chopping, I filled up a sauce pan...

Threw in some water, cinnamon, and brown sugar and set it to simmer.

As the apples got all smushy, I wondered what this food mill thing all the recipes talked about was. Turns out, Everyday Mom owned one. I had to wash it well as it was full of dust.

I dumped the lumpy applesauce in and cranked and cranked and cranked and NOTHING WAS HAPPENING!

Turns out I was spinning it the wrong way. Oops!

The applesauce was delicious and I felt good about it being homemade but my god it took a long time to make. Definitely something to make in large quantities!



  1. There is also a device called an apple corer, peeler and slicer which does the job effortlessly in like 2 seconds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOoWY1gQ3ao

    1. Yes I know of that well. I actually have a blood blister on my thumb from using one at extended day to make apple crisp. I don't have much use for gadgets that only do one thing cause then you have to fine somewhere to store them!

  2. Make it a LOT easier on yourself next time, Amy...leave the peels on. Your apple sauce will be a pretty pink and more nutritious. And, forget the food mill. Chunky apple sauce is GOOD. You aren't making baby food...

    My work was cancelled so I made cookies today. Great minds think alike; good day to play in the kitchen!


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