I'm Laura. I am female, 31, a gamer, a bookworm, a knitter, a spinner, a tatter, pierced, tattooed, musical, vehemently geeky and occasionally ineptly artistic.


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It's that time of year again...

Posted at 29 Oct 2008 09:26:31 AM

I had off from work on monday, so I took the opportunity to learn a bit more about my new mixer. The result: 15 half-pints (and one half half-pint, which is in our fridge. Yum).

That was two batches at once, and I still need to do another single batch in order to meet what I consider my 'quota'. It was SO much easier with the KitchenAid fruit separator/grinder attachment. Rather than peeling them all, which with the way my hands are jointed (i.e. loosely) is a big literal pain, I just have to core & cut them into fruit salad-sized pieces and cook 'em down on the stove for 15 minutes. After that, they go into the grinder, which neatly separates out all the peels and bits of lingering core, and crushes up the appley parts into very fine applesauce.

This also means, by the way, that I don't have to do the 'push it all by spoonfuls through a fine strainer' trick anymore. HALLELUJAH!

I was a little worried that the separator was separating out more apple into the garbage pile than it should have been, but I got exactly as much butter this year as in previous, and just about dead-on the recipe. 8lbs = 8 half-pints, 16 lbs = 15.5 half-pints. Perfect. :-)

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