Each year, as leaves turn to gold and fresh pumpkins fill the market, boxes of apples appear like magic on our doorstep.This has been happening for more than a decade, and while our family loves to eat apples, two boxes is a lot.
Eventually, the time comes for the apples which are left to be made into applesauce.The process is a family affair, with everyone getting a turn at the Apple Smuncher.
It is properly known as the Nemco Easy Apple Corer N55550-8C. It can turn an ordinary whole apple into eight sections and a core in a matter of seconds.
Coordinated team smunching can power through apples at speeds of over 1000 an hour. It takes mere minutes for an entire box of apples to find its way into a stock pot.
Once the apples are cooked, the whole mess is run through our handy-dandy, fancy-schmancy Back-To-Basics food mill, and turned into applesauce. Not just any applesauce, mind you, but some of the best tasting applesauce around.
The secret, we've found, is to steam the apples with juice, not water, leaving a rich, full-bodied creation that has become a family favorite.
Our efforts yesterday yielded eight half-gallon bottles of the stuff. I've never canned with the 64-oz jars before. They were too big for our water bath canner, so we hauled out the pressure canner. This is the first time I've used that thing so close to sea level, (our last house was at 4500 ft) and it was great! 5 lbs of pressure built and, just as importantly, dissipated very quickly.
Unfortunately, there will be no Great Applesauce Giveaway on this blog as each jar weighs 5lbs 11oz. You'll just have to go find your own Apple Smuncher.