What’s New in My Kitchen Wednesday {Food Mill}

I have to admit.  The food mill (I frequently forget its name) only comes out of the cupboard this time of year for “Rosie Applesauce” but it is a must for making this applesauce and the kids LOVE to use it.  Talk about an upper arm workout.  Three kids and one Mama and we all have to keep switching on and off.  But that is the ONLY work, no cutting, no peeling, all you have to do is turn!

I am sure there are tons of things you could do with this food mill, but I am satisfied keeping it in its box until fall arrives and making applesauce.

For generation our family has been making this applesauce.  Not sure where the name comes from, that’s what my mother always called it.  It may be because of the reddish color of the applesauce.  When I was an elementary teacher I made this with my class every fall.  There is nothing better than eating it warm just after it is made.

I posted several pictures so you could see the progress.  I remember the first time making this when living in Boston and calling my mother asking her question after question making sure I was doing it correct.  My mother kept saying, “It is really hard to mess up.”   I realized after I saw several facebook posts of friends heading to the apple orchards and returning home with bushels of apples, nobody really knew how EASY it was to make applesauce from scratch.

Rosie Applesauce

5 pounds of apples, I always use Macintosh

½ – 1 cups of sugar more or less depending on how sweet you like it (keep tasting it)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Wash apples. Place apples in a large pot.  Once apples are in pot put 1” of water in the bottom.  Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of cinnamon on the apples.  Cover and cook until VERY soft.  Pour through a food mill and turn until all that is left is the skin and seeds.  Stir in the sugar.  Enjoy!

Please share any ideas you have for a food mill.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. thea says:

    Looks so simple and fun. My mom always made applesauce in the fall. Haven’t made it yet with Trey. I don’t think I knew you were a teacher.

  2. SallyA says:

    I always made applesauce, too, but without sugar and it was still delicious. I would only do this when the apples were as freshly picked as the ones you’re using are. I never thought of doing it this way — with the food mill. What a great idea! Much better than having to peel and seed and chop the apples first. Thanks for sharing this! And thank Kathe too!

  3. Laura says:

    I LOVE my food mill and plan to use it to make this great recipe. Some other ways you could use it (to get it out of that box) are for mashed potatoes and homemade tomato sauce.

  4. Kim O says:

    Your Mom’s applesauce is my all time favorite. And now I know how to do it, too! J looks so cute cooking it up!

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