Many people know how to make applesauce, you wash the apples, core them, slice them a bit, put in a pot with water barely covering the bottom, simmer til really really soft, then run all of it thru a food mill......what comes out of the food mill is the "sauce", but, what do you do with the stuff IN the food mill? Most people put it into the compost pile.......but..I have another idea for those that like to make gifts to give, or keep.....and it is something no one else will have ! Or make, but YOU!
Wash your apples, pull the stems, core, and cut up, as you would for making applesauce..because you NEED to make the applesauce to make these! Once you have run the cooked apples thru the food mill, DO NOT THROW AWAY THE PULP IN THE TOP OF THE FOOD MILL!!! Put the pulp in a bowl, and put in the fridge, if you are still making more applesauce.....any amount of apples is ok...this is a very loose recipe..you make with what you have....I will give you a "for instance", so you can figure how to do the spice amounts, etc.....
When you are done "saucing", you can store the apple pulp in the fridge, covered, for about 2 days...if you have to do the canning and other things.....
Take the pulp out of the fridge, and put in a large strainer and allow to drain for about an hour....you want it as dry as possible pulp.
4 c drained pulp, stir in a heaping T ground cloves, 1 T ground nutmeg, 2 t ground ginger, 3 T ground, or powdered orris root ( you can find this at most health food stores, some pharmacies, and can be ordered on-line also, from Frontier Herbs). Mix well.
Now the fun begins....get your hands in the pulp and shape into 2 " balls.....about the size of a black walnut...make them as tight as you can- they will shrink.
Mix in a bowl: 6 T orris root, 1/2 c EACH, of ground cinnamon and ground cloves.
Roll the 2" apple pulp balls in this mixture, covering well.
This makes between 50-55 balls.
NOW, you say...what do I do with them!!!!! For people with small spaces, get a shoe box, 2 shoe boxes, and line with with tissue paper, even up the sides a bit, place the balls in there...leave a space between them......when you have them all in the boxes, the remaining spice mix you rolled them in? sprinkle it ALL, over all the balls.....use it all up.....set the boxes in a place that gets very little light...I have used under the bed before! Now...EVERY DAY.........turn your balls, and roll them a bit in any of the spices in the tissue...put them back, and keep repeating this every day...until they are firmly dried and fairly hard...could take 2 months.....usually around November, they are ready and I wrap them for gifts.
If you have more room, take an old screen....for a small window, place white tissue paper over all of it, lay the balls on it, and sprinkle the remaining spices evenly over, and do the same thing, turn them everyday..keep out of the light....They will look a little funky at first..maybe the first week...but stay faithful! They DO dry, they do not mold or mildew........For gifts, I wrap 2-3 in a small bag. You can use them loose in your drawers , for linens, or towels, or the unmentionables!!! I sometimes hang the bags on the clothes hanger in the closet...for winter or summer clothes...they are great in a cedar chest.....
For those wondering..Orris Root has a slight violet scent..but it actually is used for "holding" the scent of something..in this case...cinnamon, cloves....it is known as a fixative.
SMALLER PULP RECIPE
I did the math for you! Every year is so different..so here are some figures:
1 c pulp
1/4 T cloves
1/4 T cinnamon
1/4 T nutmeg
1/2 T orris root
1/2 t ginger
SPICE MIX TO ROLL IN:
1.5 T orris root
1/8 c cloves
2 c pulp
1/2 T cloves
1/2 T nutmeg
1 t ginger
1 1/2 T orris root
SPICE MIX TO ROLL IN
3 T orris root
1/4 c each, cinnamon and cloves
Now..there are some that do not make applesauce but would really like to make these....go buy a jar of applesauce!!! Try to get unsweetened, and not chunky......put the store bought applesauce in a colander and let drain...yes, there is still water in it.....when you are certain it is "dry", proceed to make the pomanders the way written, above..you will get the similar product...this way is a more smooth ball, the pulp will be a bit more organic in looks....because of the peels.
It is important to remember to rotate them each day..just takes a few seconds to do....so they dry on all sides and thru and thru.......
There are lots of ideas for using these..tie them in color squares and hang on the Christmas tree...use them at Thanksgiving in a bowl, tie them in orange and yellow squares....I have used organdy bags, cotton cloth bags, squares of holiday fabric and tied with a ribbon...The point is...you are making a useful item for a waste product!! And you can use up bits and pieces of ribbon, fabric....so nothing is really a "waste"! I love making these every year.......I do for sure one batch a year...if I have time I do a second one......they will last many years in the drawers...or hanging in the cupboards.....when you tire of them...compost them!