Okay, back to the topic... My mind has always been drawn to a faster way to do applesauce. Okay, faster and a whole lot cleaner way to make applesauce! The Kitchen Aid Fruit & Vegetable Strainer has been on my wishlist at Amazon for a long time. So when Farmerboy and his lovely wife purchased their farm complete with two gorgeous apple trees, I knew the time was right. Here is a pictorial review of my first harvest season using the Kitchen Aid attachment.
The farmyard has two unbelievable apple trees. One is some strain of Golden Delicious and the other is possibly a Snow apple mix. The trees ripen about a month apart which is perfect for processing the apples. Many families benefited this year. The harvest was so huge that Mr. Hollow and I did not bother visiting any orchards this year; although, I did miss my Macintosh apples with melted caramels! *sigh* There is always next year. ;)
The prep work was minimal for making the sauce. I cored the apples, quarter them and boiled them with a little bit of water until soft. (Next year I may use the trick of using a little cider instead of water for an extra kick in some of the batches!)
I did purchase the top feeding platform separately. It holds a lot more apples to feed into the tube of the strainer. Definitely a must have add on for me, since it kept the work area free of spillage. I would highly recommend it. The small area the unit comes with is just asking for a ladle to over shoot the mark. :(
The apples (skins and all) are funneled by a spooled device down a metal cone with holes all over it. The apple sauce is forced out of the holes and runs backwards out the bottom flute. The skins are extruded from the whole in front into its own bowl. How easy is that? Instant pig or chicken feed!
Dark skins make for a pink sauce with these particular apples. The sauce is beautiful and smooth. I do like to add sweetener to my sauce. So, it was popped back into a pot, sweetener added, brought up to a boil and canned. No splattering-- No sweating-- No mess!
Seriously, this is all that was left from the apples!
The process was a fraction of the time from the old way. Clean up was a breeze. It made me wonder what took me so long to try the strainer attachment. The Kitchen Aid Fruit & Vegetable Strainer is a complete winner in my book!