Yesterday I bought a bushel of "seconds" apples at our local orchard.
That was 167 apples, if you're wondering. Finn and I counted them as we washed them this morning.....
And my dear neighbor Naomi and I spent all day making applesauce. She graciously offered her kitchen and her equipment for this (and fed us lunch!). I'd never made applesauce before, and it was valuable to have a guide.
*7 quarts canned applesauce
*5 quarts fresh applesauce (to be made into apple butter)
*19 one-cup portions of applesauce, frozen
*3 two-cup portions, frozen
Our total yield was just over 18 quarts.
One of my children doesn't like applesauce. This will last us all winter for sure!
Finn and I plan to make apple butter within the next few days and sell it as a fundraiser--he has decided he wants to raise $1,000 to donate to helping build a medical clinic in a developing nation. The apple butter is our first step, and we're brainstorming additional ideas. For past fundraisers we've sold his artwork on notecards and sold Christmas tins of gluten-free goodies, and we'll probably do both this year.
Now it's time for a hot bath and bed.....applesauce day was exhausting!