|Enough Yellow Transparents to make more than a gallon of sauce|
I've loved these apples all my life, not for eating from the tree, but for the delicious sauce they make, thick, tart and smooth as velvet. My grandmother had an old tree that yielded dozens of quarts of sauce every summer. They are ready to cook up right after the raspberries are finished.
|Victorio Strainer: a sauce makers dream|
Cooked fruit goes in the top
Peelings come out the spout on the left
Sauce pours into the dish
A brief search told me that the tree is from very old Russian stalk, is exceptionally cold hardy, and tends to take every other year off to rest. Someone's blog said they were worthless and in their area were called "throwing apples" since those folks believed the only thing they were good for was throwing at dogs and cats (that tells you more than you want to know about the whole mentality of the area).
|Finished sauce, hot and ready for sugar|
In our family, these apples are gold. We love this sauce more than any other fruit sauce, so after gathering the apples at Brooke's, the next of the Things I get to do today is assemble my Victorio Strainer and make The Best apple sauce in the world.