OF COURSE, you either have to buy your apples in a green market, or a local farm stand or know someone with their own apples. Heaven forfend you should go and buy a bag in your supermarket. And forget it if you don't have the right apples purchased only at the moment they're in season!
Gott in himmel, if I followed this food snot's rules, my kids would never get applesauce. And considering the economy and the recent NY Times article about how Americans are not getting enough fruits and vegetables, and how many comments there were about how hard it is to prep fruits and vegs and how they don't taste good, shouldn't we be ENCOURAGING people to go to the supermarket and buy a 3 pound bag of apples,bring them home and give their families homemade applesauce?
My grandma Esther lived on 181st Street in the Bronx, far from farmer's markets, let alone farms. She made this sauce from the apples she bought in the local supermarket. My mom makes this same sauce,also with supermarket apples. McIntosh apples, the best kind for applesauce.
|Pink applesauce is easy to make!|
An apple corer/slicer makes prepping the apples a snap-I once made a video of SC slicing 8 POUNDS worth of apples at the holidays in about 5-10 minutes! They get tossed in the pot and simmer till they fall apart, with a little water or cider added to help them along. And then the food mills presses out a smooth sauce that usually gets some nice pink color from the skins.
Simple enough for me to do with preschoolers--though at the library I have to cook the sauce in a microwave instead of on the stove top. Smooth and sweet--it needs little to no sugar.Appealing to kids, from babies to teens. Healthy, even if it isn't made with designer apples. And affordable enough for just about anyone.
Grandma would've thought the Zester people were a bunch of meshuggenehs. So do I for that matter.
And I think she'd have loved to see her great-granddaughters loving their pink applesauce!
Grandma Esther's Pink Applesauce
3 pounds of apples (Preferable McIntosh. Rome or Jonathan are subs, but not as good)
1/2-1 cup of apple cider or water(I generally use water)
sugar (if needed)
Taste the applesauce and if needed add sugar, a small amount at a time to taste.
The sauce color will vary depending on your apples--sometimes it is bright pink, sometimes pale, sometimes closer to yellow.
Chill if possible before eating-this tastes best cold.