I was staying with a friend one night last week and when I arrived, she had just finished making several batches of the reddest apple sauce I've ever seen. There were still a few apples left from her back yard tree and she insisted that I take some home. I certainly wasn't going to refuse. I wanted to make some of that apple sauce too!!
In order to get the red colour, the skin has to stay on. But we don't have a foodmill so I improvised, using a Parmesan cheese grater and a wooden spatula. (Oh oh... there are a few tiny wood flakes in our applesauce. Afterwards, I had to sand the wooden spatula to make it smooth again....)
Not very long after making applesauce with the above improvised foodmill, we got an actual stainless steel food mill. (Please see more photos of the foodmill.)
Our friend gave us some of her beautiful red apples again! Sure, they have a few surface blemishes, but those are really easy to cut away.
The resulting apple sauce was as wonderful as ever.
Apples aren't just for applesauce. Peeled apple slices fried in butter are delicious. They're great served with a chop or with latkes.
Another friend gave us this beautiful tea cup to add to our collection (Please look at some other treasure cups.)
The only things holding our copy of Joy of Cooking together are the books on either side of it.