36lbs...that is how many apples it takes to make 11 quarts of applesauce, three apple pies and one jar of apple pie filling.
36lbs, a few hours and a football game later...my freezer is full of all sorts of apple goodness.
If you haven't made applesauce before...you should...it is way easier than you think.
I only learned last fall...this was my first time going at it alone.
You cover the bottom of a stock pot with water...this one is ten quarts...cut your unpeeled, uncored apples into quarters...fill the pot.
This pot filled made four quarts of apple sauce.
Let the apples simmer until they are all mushy...then put them in your Foley Food Mill. I got mine for Christmas last year...it takes out all the peels, seeds and apple junk...then you put the sauce in jars or containers and freeze. You can sweeten with sugar or add cinnamon too.
It is that easy.
And it makes my husband happy.
Simultaneously, I made some pies...that red bowl up there is 18 cups of peeled, cored apples.
I baked one and have two in the freezer.
The best fall dessert...don't you think?

I don't put cheese on my apple pie...this seems wrong to me...do you?



Nancy said...

Anything apple is divine to me and yes, it totally screams fall. I would love to get one of those handy tools. Applesauce would be fun to make and give. Great idea!

Andrea said...

Cheese on apple pie is very, very wrong! Your apple-ness looks amazing.:)

Lindi said...

Yummy!! NO cheese on apple pie here either...I agree that is VERY wrong...but my grandparents swear by apple pie (or apple anything) and a slice of swiss or cheddar...but not my cup of tea!! Looks like you had a very messy productive weekend...and think of all that yummy goodness waiting for you this winter....mmmmm!

Kristi said...

By the way, I LOVED your dress in the last post and I was going to vote to keep "Saturday" on it, but I saw that just about everyone else already said that. I think it would be so cute to have a whole series of dresses with different days of the week if you could find so many of those type of dish towels at a flea market or thrift store. I would love to be making all kinds of goodness with apples. Unfortunately our day at the apple orchard got rained out. Enjoy your goodies!!

Tim, Kirsten and Sebastian said...

I thought you were going to say that Aaron weighed 36 lbs already!!! Ha! Good thing it was the apples and not your little boy!

i love plum said...

ewwwwwwww, no cheese...bleckkkk. xo

Carrie said...

YUm! We love applesauce, now I just wish my fever was bigger.

Morgan said...

Yum! We are in the mist of a kitchen remodel, so no homemade apple sauce for us yet, but I can't wait. We do ours a bit differently. We like to use our apple peeler (if you don't have one, get one! I mean it!) to peel, core, and slice our apples in one swoop! Then we dump them in the crockpot with a little water and brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon. Then enjoy the smell all day until they are the consistency you want (we like ours chunky).

sara luke said...

It caught me off guard when I saw the title of this post . . . 36 pounds is a significant number for me for a much different reason right now. :)

Anna Marie said...

Cheese is good but if I ever saw it on apple pie I think I would vomit. I must be in the dark because I have NEVER heard of someone doing that before. You gotta be kidding me?!?

We made applesauce with our first graders for Johnny Appleseed day. They each cut up 2 apples into small chunks and then we put it all in a slow cooker all day with red hots {candy} and it was really, really good {I don't even like applesauce...the texture gets to me}.

Becky said...

Homemade applesauce is SO much better than the store bought. I think you might need a bigger freezer for all your goodies. : ) I've never heard of putting cheese on apple pie?! Maybe I've living in the dark for past 30 years. haha.

Leah31 said...

I have never even heard of cheese on apple pies...seems wrong to me too...and I *LOVE* cheese! :) You are so blissfully domestic...jealous. :)

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