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We made applesauce today. Last week I purchased three 25lb boxes of apples and those boxes have been sitting on my kitchen floor, just waiting for me to give them the time of day. (Until today, the only attention I'd given them was to shove those boxes over so that I could open my bottom cupboards and then shove them right back.)

On my list after we finished school today was this: "Make applesauce".  I knew I would have a helper in Ella.  She has been so anxious to start peeling those apples!  I even bought her her very own peeler this year.

Imagine my delight when I received this email from my mom this morning:
If you need help with making applesauce, give me a call okay? "Many hands make light work!" It could be like the old days when the generations gathered in the kitchen to work together. (:
I know (!)  (How much do you love her?!)

So Ella called her and told her we were starting and she showed up 30 minutes later. She's a whiz, too. Hand that woman a paring knife and she goes like there's no tomorrow. ;) We made it through 2 full boxes in about an hour and a half.

We made a lot of applesauce.  Isaac was my taste-tester, and kept thinking I should add just a tiny bit more sugar (!)  Audra kept asking for slices of apples while she built a castle with Isaac's MathUSee blocks.  Adelia asked for so many apple slices I finally handed her a gigantic apple and sent her outside.  Isaias perked up at that so I offered him one, too.

These (and many more that you don't see pictured) were placed in our freezer tonight, alongside our rhubarb sauce and the endless jars of strawberry jam.


  1. Hooray! I've been itching to get my hands on some apples and make some sauce. I've been craving it. So here's a tip that we tried last year and it worked great - If you get one of these: http://www.amazon.com/RSVP-Endurance-Stainless-Steel-Food/dp/B0000CFH1K/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1316013910&sr=1-1

    (Justin found ours brand new at a garage sale for cheap)

    .. you don't have to peel or seed them. You just cook them down and grind them up and all the peels and seeds stay in the food mill. I don't think it takes less time, but for some reason I prefer grinding over peeling. Even though we do have an apple peeler/corer/slicer.

  2. Yea! Did I tell you we loved your rhubarb sauce (so much that I linked to it on my blog) and especially when we added a few apples...

  3. Cutzi~
    I think that's what my mom was telling me about yesterday... she said grandma never had to peel (only core and cook) the apples, and then stir them through this strainer thingy and it made smooth sauce! (I told her to look at grandma's for it because I at least want to *try* it that way to see if I prefer it!

    Oh, I'm so happy to hear that! :) Mm!

  4. This is great! Work is so much more fun when done with others. I have a friend like your mother, but I don't live near her now. When I did, she was always volunteering to help me or inviting me along to help someone else with this kind of thing. I really miss that. I'm impressed with your Mom's paring knife skills. Wow. And I love applesauce.


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