I just core them, usually peel them (but not always) chunk them and cook to smooth. I have no idea how many apples it takes, but I found it not worth making for keeping (eating straight away was fine).
A pound of apples is pretty pidly. You'd get a few servings, maybe...
I find it only worth the effort when I get my apples free or dirt cheap (which is every year ) Around apple harvest time, it's just too easy to find organic apples. *Someone* you know or their neighbor/friend/second-cousin-twice-removed has an apple tree with the fruit just rotting that they've done nothing to (no pesticides, etc) and will beg you to come pick them, so they don't have to pick up rotted fruit from the ground.
At $1.98/lb, it's def. cheaper to just by the applesauce! I'll only buy for canning when I can find local organic apples for around 50 cents/lb.
Mama of 3 amazingly sweet kids , living the dream on our urban farm
Based on non-sale prices, I find store organic applesauce to be less expensive than applesauce made at home from organic apples. We only make applesauce when the apples are cheap (this past week Fujis were 79 cents a pound!).
There is, of course, no comparison when it comes to taste. Homemade is to-die-for!
Oh yeah, I peel/slice/core using a contraption, then boil with water until soft. I mash until smooth (by hand or with a hand blender), adding a little sugar and lemon juice.
I used to use a Foley food mill. But now I use a Vittorio (sp?). It is great. I use my Pampered Chef apple wedger to get rid of the core. Then I boil them until they are soft and run them through the Vittorio. It spits the peels and whatnot out the end and leaves you with very smooth pulp.
We always got apples from people with appletrees- my mom would walk up to perfect strangers and ask to pick their apples, and most of the time they said yes. Around here we have apple magots, so I don't always like to use home grown apples. I might buy them at the peak of their season, if I can find a decent price, but it would have to be well under a dollar a pound.
When we cooked the apples, we just put the skin and everything in and then used a food mill to take out the hard parts.
I made applesauce when I made my children's baby food. It was simple. I would leave the peel on while I cooked the apples because that is where most of the nutrients are. And I would cook them in plain water, but not too much water -- just enough to cover the apples in the pot.