Here’s my issue with canning, I don’t have the right equipment to do it well/easily. But it’s hard to pass up the glut of apples that are in season right now. It’s hard to say, oh it’s too much work and if I only had this or that, It would be easier. So I decided to suck it up, and can some applesauce this weekend.

At Ikenberry’s I got a bag of apples, the seconds or the ones that were culled from the good bin. They call them deer apples or horse apples. I thought that meant you feed them to animals, but it’s the cast offs that won’t sell. But are perfectly good for canning and pies. It was 40 or 50 pounds of apples.

Those apples in small groups of 15 turned into this.

Then this mush goes into a ricer. I got the most affordable one that allowed me to do small batches. It’s not the best or easiest but it works. And since I can only do three cans at a time, and only a certain number of large pans, it worked out.

We ended up with this…23 jars of local homemade applesauce.