I am not sure just how many apples I had for I didn't measure them, but I know it was well over a bushel. I used my handy, dandy gadget that peels, cores and slices to prepare the apples, and then cooked them down for applesauce. I found that after the apples were cooled, my blender worked well for getting rid of the chunks. I have one of those food mills with the wooden piece used to squash the food out through the little holes in the metal cone-shaped piece, but I was getting tired and just wanted to finish. I'm glad the blender worked so well for that purpose.
I saved enough slices out for a pan of apple crisp and canned the rest. I wound up with 40 half pints and 18 pints of applesauce. I added no sugar this time. The apples were fairly sweet and both son and I need to watch our sugar intake. If I want a little sweetness I can always sprinkle on a bit of brown sugar and maybe cinnamon for change of pace taste. I may get more apples later to freeze for pies and crisps, but for now, I am pleased with the amount of applesauce I got from that batch of apples.
Posting will probably be light for a few days. When Son came home I had rearranged things to accommodate his stuff and now I am busy putting things back the way they were. When you are old and slow, everything takes time. :) I'm still planning on getting cranberries at the Farmer's Market to make into juice, but think I will hold off until my house is back in order again. It seems easier to do projects when you start out neat and orderly. And considering how this morning my kitchen looked like an apple orchard had exploded in there, I still have a ways to go before I see neat and orderly again!
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