I found it quite appropriate that I was making applesauce today. It is the first day of Rosh Hashanah. For those that aren't Jewish it marks the beginning of the new year and is celebrated with apples and honey to make the new year sweet. And what can be sweeter than homemade applesauce?
Since I'm pressed for time, I'll just do a pictorial.
The jar on the right is applesauce from last year. The jar on the left is this year's batch. This year I used Gravensteins and Macintosh. The Gravensteins are so green that it turned the whole sauce green. The Macs didn't have enough red on them to counteract this. It tastes pretty good, but looks a little weird. I'm used to a more pink sauce. Maybe next year I'll use a different variety, but there wasn't a choice at the farmers market.
All in all it made 13 1/2 pints of sauce from 20lbs of apples. I have to laugh at the Ball Blue Book because it says to add a 1/4c of sugar per pound of apples (or to taste). That would have been five cups of sugar. I added 1 1/2c to the pot. We like it slightly sweetened, but not horribly sweet. A taste test is a much better measure.