Confessions of an Applesauce Maker

I’m not making any applesauce this year.  Not even a little bit. As much as I love making and preserving applesauce for my family, and as easy as it is to make applesauce with my Victorio – I am very happy to take the year off from this endeavor.

Why am I not making applesauce? Because I counted up jars I have leftover from the stash I made last year, and I found that I have plenty of applesauce to last us through the winter. I don’t need any, so I’m checking that task off my list. Yay!

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For those of you who don’t have a pantry full of applesauce, I did want to remind you of what I learned last year:  Making applesauce with a Victorio is by far the easiest method I’ve found.

So how about you? Are you making applesauce this year?

Comments

  1. Kathy says

    We’ve made 36-48 quarts of applesauce every fall for the last 15 or so years. Last year I didn’t make any because I found we had enough from the previous year. This year it’s all gone, but I just can’t motivate myself to tackle the project. We do use a Victorio & my kids love to help with putting the apples through it.

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  2. CJ says

    I made a small batch of applesauce this year (and yes, using a Victorio). But I DID core them, and then used the cores to start some apple cider vinegar (my first attempt).

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  3. samantha says

    Little man loves his homemade apple sauce!!! I couldn’t go this year without it lol. Plus Kenna is dying for Mrs Lauras apple sauce bread lol.

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    Laura Reply:

    Aww, love this!

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  4. says

    Yes! I have my apples ordered from Azure and will make it once they arrive next week. I was in your shoes last year. Had plenty of jars to go another year. So this is the year to make more. Love this stuff!

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  5. Ruth S. says

    Yep, just finished my 4th batch about 5 min. ago! We love applesauce with peanut butter on toast for breakfast in the winter, so applesauce is a must! It is so easy!

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  6. Teresa Yb. says

    We had no apples to sauce last year, so this year it was not optional. We did 28 quarts with the Victorio plus 7 quarts of apple/pear sauce. The apple/pear sauce is not very good, but it is great in your applesauce bread recipe. We used apples a friend gave us from her one backyard tree. They were organically grown.
    Now we have a lot more apples, but they were sprayed, so I am not comfortable cooking them with the skins on. I used the peeler/corer/slicer and am dehydrating some. I may try apple pie filling. But really, we are just enjoying them fresh and I am out of motivation.

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  7. says

    Oh my, what perfect timing! I just logged on here to find your applesauce recipe…because…drum roll….I just bought a Victorio! Little did I know that you had one too! (I was still back when you were laboring away on your applesauce last time I checked). Now, I can’t wait to go make a bunch with the apples we picked from my yard. Yummy!!!
    How long did you can with the water bath??

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    Laura Reply:

    About 25 minutes.

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  8. Anitra says

    I haven’t preserved any, but I tend to make small batches. I wash the apples, cut in half and core them, then cook with the skins on. When everthing is mushy, I pull the skins out and cook a few more minutes. Mildly chunky, not much work (for applesauce), and we get some of the nutrients from the skin without picking little pieces out of our teeth!

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  9. Linda D says

    I made a good bunch last year and still have a good bit left over. We try to eat fresh fruit as much as possible so the applesauce comes and goes in our family of 3. I cut the cores off and put them in a big pot with some water…once they were cooked down i added some sugar and cinnamon. I used my hand blender and pureed it all right in the pot!!! The applesauce went right into the jars and water bath. So simple!!!

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  10. karen says

    I use something like that. It was my grandmother’s. It is now almost 75 years old. I have never peeled or cored an apple making my sauce. I never can them in jars. I freeze enough for a year in ziplock bags. Easy peasy done in just a couple of hours.

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  11. andrea says

    I found it contradictory that you seem to go to such lengths to buy and make good, healthy food with a mind for where it comes from (which i think is wonderful), then you purchase your pots from Amazon, which is the Walmart of the internet. I would have loved to see you buy from a local store. i’m sure your food is a bit more expensive when buying local/organic/etc, but you find worth in that. I hope you will think of that in the future.

    I know that sounds rude; but i do love this site. i have a pot of hand soap curing on the stove as i type.

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    Laura Reply:

    I’m from a very small town, where there are no stores that carry items like this that I would need. Amazon and other online sources have been very valuable to me, so I’m very thankful they are an option for someone like me who has limited local shopping options. :)

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