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September 25, 2008


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We have a couple of food mills that we bought at yard sales, and use them frequently for mashed potatoes -- makes them wonderfully smooth and creamy. I have been making fresh tomato sauce with tomatoes from our garden this summer.

I put the chopped tomatoes in a large pot with a little olive oil and garlic, fresh basil, salt, a tsp. of sugar, some oregano, and cook and cook for at least an hour or more. Then I put everything through the food mill, and it takes the seeds and skin out of the sauce, and I continue to cook a little longer until it's thickened up a bit. It is delicious.

I will try applesauce next week. Thank you so much!


I want to make some while I'm there with some fresh NC apples. Pleeeease!!!

Sloane Solanto

Goodness me...you are a blog-o-maniac these days....I am enjoying your new adventures as well as your cooking tips!
I was thinking of you last night as I was sauteing swiss chard with a red pepper(from my garden) along with a sauce for pasta with a butternut squash (from my garden) Your quote "I'm grateful for every little bite I can get, and that's probably the important part; remembering to really stop, and just savor it all."


I've finally gotten my canning mojo back and I'm so glad to see someone else enjoying the labor! I can't wait to get the kids out to pick apples then make whole big batches of applesauce. Yum yum!!

I'm so interested to hear that you're quite happy with the "no sugar" recipes. I have to admit this is one of the reasons that I've gotten back into canning again; I think it's ridiculous how much sugar we're finding in or food these days. And I couldn't agree more that much of it if overly-sweet.

Thanks for sharing all the lovely new posts, and I'm glad to see that Asheville seems to be working out so well for you!

Halle G

Oh man...I've got to get a food mill! I use my Pampered Chef apple/corer/peeler then have to chop them and then cook and finally use my stick blender to get a smooth texture.

My son loves my "special" sauce. I throw in fresh berries if I have any or frozen work fine as well.

BTW--I freeze my applesauce now instead of canning. Comes out exactly the same.


I don't peel my apples either. In fact, I like to keep them in the finished sauce (though I cut the apples into smaller pieces than you do). It gives it an interesting texture, and the skin has tons of nutrients. (I also don't completely smash the apples into puree either, for the same texture reason.)


That looks soooo yummy! Thanks for sharing :)

Steph @ Problem Solvin Mom

I love my apple slicer too, what a treat to have such a cheap handy tool like that! I made applesauce yesterday in the crockpot, which turned out very well, actually. I peeled the skins off and used a potato masher and a touch of honey and cinnamon. I love this time of year!

I have a sqeezo, which looks similar to your food mill, and I use it to process my tomatoes when I'm making sauce. Not sure if you could do that or not, but thought I'd mention it.

Love the pink color, I will likely leave at least a few skins on this weekend when I make more!


I love see that someone else makes an apple sauce the way I do. People look at me funny when I say I don't add sugar or cinnamon.

I do use a steamer, but I don't own a food mill. I do have a food processor and that gets the skins small enough to leave in. I have strained some when I'm feeding it to a baby. That's just nerves though. The skins are small enough for them too.

Thanks for posting! I loved it!

Amanda @ www.kiddio.org

Chopsticks? Seriously, that woman has too much time on her hands. We use the food mill attachment for our Kitchen-Aid, which does a great job in a much messier way than your food grinder :)
I do love the pinky color of your sauce, though! We've been using golden apples, but I think I'll try the red ones on our neighbors tree and see if I can get something so pretty!

Really enjoying your blog, thanks for sharing :)
Amanda @ www.kiddio.org


You've reminded me of how much I love the smell of apples cooking; thank you! I'll have to get us out to pick a bushel (or maybe just a bag...).


Mmm, that applesauce looks delicious! I have a food mill that I use for making tomato sauce. It works great!


This is exactly the way I make applesauce, the way I was taught as a kid, except that instead of canning (which I always think is a bit of a pain), we freeze it. Lasts all year. Sometimes, I confess, I do add a touch of sugar (depends on the apples).

jenny holiday

yummm yumm yummm!!! Geez Louise!!! Wonder Mom is at it again!!!

Congrats on your move!! I hope everyone is settling in and super happy!! Max always looks like he has enough happy for all of us!

Just wanted to say hi!!! and Wish you a Happy Fall!!

Can't wait for some new house pics!!

Love from the Jersey shore!!
xoxo Jenny

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