Thursday, October 05, 2006

How do you like them apples?

I have heard of and even used that line prior to seeing "Good Will Hunting". The same way I drank Pinot Noir prior to watching "Sideways".
As with movies the thing that makes apple sauce is assembling the correct cast and letting them do their work. To much goofing around only ruins their intended purpose.

When it comes to making apple sauce, I do it they way I saw my pa
rents make it. Boil apples until soft and then run them through a food mill. Fairly basic and fantastic results. The only thing that was added was cranberry soda as a liquid to boil down the apples.

You do not need to be super man to make apple sauce, you just need super apples.

We have no shortage of apples in New England so I usually go with what looks good at the farm stand. This is a photo of some of the assembled ingredients; apples, cranberry soda from Whole Foods (actually cranberry flavored seltzer) and apples. I went with a three apple combo of Gala, Honeycrisp and Fuji.

So here is the full ingredient list:


Cranberry seltzer (soda is too sweet for the sauce in my opni

Wash and core the apples, leave the skin on

Once that has been done, my assistance puts the apples into the pot and adds the seltzer. (You can see her sippy cup in the background!) Don't worry about the size of the apples, though I would leave them on the large size so they are easy to fish out later. Add some water to cover the apples and you are done.

Cover and bring to a boil then reduce to a rapid bu
bble. Cook with lid partially open for 20 minutes give or take.

The cooked apples should yield under gentle pressure and not stick to a fork. The photo on the left is a fairly good representation of what the apples should look like. At this point remove from heat and you have basically two options: 1) use a slotted spoon to get the apples out of the pot and into your food mill or 2) pour the cooked apples into a colander.

I guess if you were getting real fancy, you could reduce the apple water and make into a glaze for a ham. I just pour it out.

Set up your food mill over a bowl and add the apples as full as you can into the mill. Below is sort of a before, during and after montage.




The whole process really takes about 30 minutes. If I was making it myself, I would of put the pot on to boil with the liquid and added the apples as I cut them up. I did not do that this time because I wanted my daughter to help out. Once you are done server or refrigerate. The hot apple sauce from the stove get huge kudos. We served this with the pork roast which I will cover later on.

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