Friday, April 7, 2017

F is for FOLEY FOOD MILL: Making Apple Sauce #AtoZ

My daily #AtoZ posts combine two concepts in under-300-words per day:
an appealing food choice along with thoughts that spring to mind.
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Do you remember that handy little, non-electric food grinder that worked by turning the handle around and around to mash up food? Believe it or not, this was a pleasant task for me as a child.
My mom would cook unpeeled apples until they were soft. After they cooled a bit, I would place the halved apples in the container and rotate the handle until all the flesh was ground into apple sauce. Mom would add sugar and cinnamon to the sauce, then let me finish stirring it around.
Spending time in the kitchen with my mom holds special memories for me. There was no loud buzzing of electrical appliances to shatter the peaceful atmosphere. Even the Mixmaster purred as it stirred batter for pancakes or devils food cakes. We didn't own a blender for making smoothies or chopping up vegetables. A fork or knife did the trick just fine. And the food was mouth-watering flavorful. Especially the home-made apple sauce.
It was a simpler life back then.
Maybe not always better, but quieter and more relaxed.
At least, that's how I remember it. 
Mason jars of homemade apple sauce


  1. I can almost smell that apple sauce! ☺ This is something I make once in awhile,too, using a potato masher to turn the apples slices into sauce once they're soft enough. Sugar isn't needed though - seems sweet enough by itself.

  2. Yes, I can see how a potato masher would work as well. And also silent in its duties!

  3. I love the nostalgic tone of this post. While I didn't grow up with food mills, I can picture the scene you described very well.


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