Apple Picking and Homemade Applesauce

Last week, I noticed that a friend’s apple tree was looking quite ready for picking as I ran by it, so I asked my husband to see if we could pick some apples (he works with them) to make some applesauce. They said “yes” and suggested we take as many apples as we’d like.

So, Thursday morning, we stopped to get some apples on our way to run errands. My husband must not have understood my desire for LOTS of apples, because he questioned whether or not we’d need a ladder. Thankfully, there were a number of apples low to the ground, so we didn’t need a ladder, and we still managed to fill two boxes as full of apples as we were willing to fill them (due to heaviness) in under twenty minutes.

That afternoon, Jenny and I got to work on making some homemade applesauce.

She washed the apples.
I peeled and cored the apples.
We put the sliced apples into a pot.
Then we added a little bit of sugar and cooked the apples.
Half a box of apples resulted in three batches of applesauce on Thursday night.
Box #1 AFTER we made all that applesauce.
A peek into Box #2 – more apples.

We still have the rest of the apples in Box #1 to process (I peeled, cored, and sliced the apples from Box #2 on Friday afternoon). I think we’ll probably end up making some more applesauce this week.

Here are a few books about apple picking and applesauce that would go great with all our apple adventures:

Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis

Applesauce Season

Up, Up, Up! It's Apple-picking Time

Apple Picking Time (Dragonfly Books)

Out and About at the Apple Orchard (Field Trips)

And No Time for Flashcards has some great apple craft ideas:

Do you do anything special with apples in the fall?