I have not tried a steam juicer. I make juice from apple peels when I make dried apples. I have a Starfit peeler and although it looks like a tinker toy it is an awesome little gadget. I just throw the peels and cores into a large crockpot, fill with water and spices, and let it simmer for awhile. Then strain and put it in the fridge. I do small (1 gallon) batches, so I haven't canned it. My girls can go through a gallon before it goes bad.
I want to try your method, though. Will definitely check out the blog!
Hi Jenny, Don't you simmer the apples til they are soft first. No Need to peel or core. I do. Then it isn't so hard to crank the strainer. And you don't have to do it so many times...just once. I've never tried straining them raw.
Thank you, Carol! Making applesauce is a family affair at my house. I cut the apples in quarters and remove the stems. Then I dip the apples into a big bowl. My kids take turns moving the apples from the bowl to the strainer hopper while my husband turns the crank. I man the receiving end of the strainer. After all the peels have been through about three times, I take the strained apples and put them in a big pot to season with cinnamon, nutmeg, and (sorry folks) some brown sugar. Then I jar it up in quarts. My kids go through about a quart a week. My husband puts a little half-pint jar of applesauce that has a plastic mayonnaise lid on the jar in their lunch bags everyday. I try to season it to taste like Cracker Barrel fried apples (without the butter). We have a fun time on applesauce day.
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