Living in Ithaca is mighty special in the fall. The orchard fruit floods in with vengeance of the most eccentric flavors and patterns I’ve ever seen! The Cornell Orchards, in particular, is forever experiencing with “antique” varieties and unheard of northeastern fruits like the Kiwi Berry and the Paw Paw. On each visit I discover a new wonder! One week it was sansa, the sweetest, most dainty of apples. It’s a hybrid between the “Gala” and Akane”, a Japanese variety. Sansa means little girl with blushed cheeks – or so I was told. A fitting name for this beauty.

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Glorified in the Fall sunshine, streaming through my kitchen window.
Glorified in the Fall sunshine, streaming through my kitchen window.

Apple Sauce!
The best website for any canning activity is Pick Your Own. I followed their recipe and process to a tee (and yes, bought the equipment for a total of $35 at our local Agway). However, here are some pictures to show easy setup systems for cleaning and prepping. These jars of pink delicious-ness were made with McIntosh, skins and all! A great sauce apple.

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Wash your jars and lids first in hot soapy water. Transfer jars to your water bath on the stove top, where you should be bringing a pot of water to a boil. This will sterilize them prior to canning. Wash apples in the sink.
Wash your jars and lids first in hot soapy water. Transfer jars to your water bath on the stove top, where you should be bringing a pot of water to a boil. This will sterilize them prior to canning. Wash apples in the sink.
Transfer apples to a pot. Have a "waste" bowl - add it to your compost if you have one! Have another bowl ready with water and a very healthy squirt of lemon or lime juice. This will keep your apple slices from browning before you're ready to cook them down! A corer is KEY! I have made apple sauce without one, and I assure you, this saves loads of time. Every now and then you'll have scoop out a core or seeds, but not often!
Transfer apples to a pot. Have a “waste” bowl – add it to your compost if you have one! Have another bowl ready with water and a very healthy squirt of lemon or lime juice. This will keep your apple slices from browning before you’re ready to cook them down! A corer is KEY! I have made apple sauce without one, and I assure you, this saves loads of time. Every now and then you’ll have scoop out a core or seeds, but not often!
Look at this beautiful pink marbling!
Look at this beautiful pink marbling!
When the jars are filled and sealed, coddle them in towels to let them cool more slowly. A tip I learned from my friend Emma and her boyfriend and orchard-man Chris!
When the jars are filled and sealed, coddle them in towels to let them cool more slowly. A tip I learned from my friend Emma and her boyfriend and orchard-man Chris!
If you have leftovers that don't fit in the pot, freeze them in plastic wrap in an oven dish - in pie form! Then you can make easy pies during the winter. A tip I learned from my Mamma!
If you have leftovers that don’t fit in the pot, freeze them in plastic wrap in an oven dish – in pie form! Then you can make easy pies during the winter. A tip I learned from my Mamma!

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