Go WIld With Applesauce
|Washing our wild apples in sink|
I'm allergic to apple skins so rarely eat apples as I'm too lazy to peel them! And store bought applesauce makes my mouth itchy. There are probably bits of skin in it and so I react.
So for me, applesauce wasn't a treat. Until now
We have about 20 wild apple trees on our hobby farm. This year hubs picked some and showed me how big and red they were. I couldn't bear to see them go to the piglets, so I hunted for applesauce recipes. I finally found one that was pretty good although far too sweet for our taste.
|Hubs picks apples|
Because we have so many apples this year, I froze some and made applesauce with the rest. Well, actually I'm not done yet.
One tree is Golden Delicious and it doesn't freeze well (too mushy) and likewise doesn't make the best applesauce. Hubs will probably just eat those. The rest are great for applesauce but I learned not to mix the apples from different trees. It's too difficult to get the sugar ratio just right!
Here's the tweaked recipe for applesauce, but if you use it, err with less sugar as you can always add more. One little tip I learned was to dip the peeled and cut apples into Fruit Fresh to keep them from going brown. Otherwise by the time you are part-way through the peeling and chopping, the apples are brownish.
|Peeling, coring, chopping apples|
16 wild apples (about 16 cups) peeled and cubed
2 1/4 cups water
3/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
|Progressive Apple Peeler|
Then I bought a Progressive International Apple Peeler and Corer from Amazon.com which also cores and slices.
It clamps to our harvest table and this afternoon we prepared about a dozen apples in less than 10 minutes. Wow! What a time-saver.
|Apples in freezer|
Then I slid them off and put them in ziplock baggies. I plan to make apple pie, apple crumble and other yummy apple treats throughout the winter.