From the kitchen
I called my mom for the recipe for how to make homemade applesauce and she laughed at me and said... "uh apples." For some reason I thought there was some magical ingredient or spice... but it's just using the right kind of apples (I used macintosh) and of course adding my mom's secret ingredient... red hots! It gives the applesauce a cinnamon flavor. I bought a food mill. My mom used an actual applesauce grinder, but I found this to be just as easy, it's the same price, and I think it may have more uses, like for making jam and baby food. You coarsely chop the apples, leaving the skins and seeds. Then you throw them in a big pot of water until they are soft. Then put them in the food mill. Add some red hots and that's it. I then canned a lot of the applesauce. It was so good and I love the way it makes the house smell.