Vegetables and Fruit forum: Homemade Applesauce

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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oberon46
Oct 19, 2016 1:58 PM CST
I harvested a bunch of crabapples and want to make applesauce. They are really too small to peel and core so I would be steaming them (preferable to parboiling??) after washing and cutting in half. My food strainer worked great on the first batch although I need to steam them maybe another 30 min and stir them to get even steaming.

So question is, since I am not parboiling with sugar, lemon peel, cinnamon stick, etc, can I add stuff after steaming and straining? Doesn't seem like the flavor would be as good. Am I really saving any of the vitamins by steaming since I am stripping the skins in the straining process. I don't have water added as the parboiling indicates you would (mixing the peeled, cored apples and mushing up with the boiling water.)

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