It's that time of year - where we take big beautiful Michigan apples and cook them down into yummy applesauce. Last year we picked our apples locally - but this year our local orchard sadly had no apples at all. Imagine an apple orchard - apples are their only thing - THE thing - and not a single apple to sell. I can't even imagine how rough that is. Thankfully my mom's fruit guy was able to get us some apples from Michigan. They were gorgeous and huge! Someday we hope to make applesauce with our own apples. We finally had a dead tree removed and hope to plant a few fruit trees. Perhaps in a few years we'll be picking our own apples for sauce.
Our method is simple - use the apple peeler-corer-slicer, then cook those suckers down until they are as mushy as you like -then done. Toss the apple sauce in clean jars, boil it in the canner for 20 minutes and tada! Apple sauce! We use my folks pressure cooker which was made in 1953 (don't be too impressed - it's stamped on the bottom of the pan). We don't actually cook them with pressure, it's just a very sturdy giant pan that holds the heat and LOTS of apples. Give homemade applesauce a try.