Recipe Redux: Treasured Cookware

Time for another Recipe Redux post! This month’s theme was Treasured Cookware:

Share a story of classic cookware – and a healthy recipe to go with it. Some of us will be celebrating Mother’s Day next month, but it’s more than once a year that many of us cook with a pan, a wooden spoon, or another piece of cookware passed on to us from the kitchens of our favorite relatives. Let’s see what you can cook up with your treasured kitchen tool!

Today I want to share with you a little background about two pieces of treasured cookware in my kitchen. While neither of these are necessarily the original cookware passed down, these items bring back special memories anytime I use them.

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Applesauce Mill

My Grammy and mom both had an applesauce mill just like this. They both knew I always wanted one as well. One day about 4-5 years ago, I got an exciting phone call from my mom: Grammy found me an applesauce mill from a yard sale! I’m pretty sure she paid about $2 and with every fall that passes, this applesauce mill gets more and more use! John and I have apple picking traditions and this mill makes making applesauce super easy! No peeling the apple skin off or coring the apples, simply boil the apples (you only need a centimeter of water in your big pot since apples have tons of water in them) until super mushy and then scoop into the mill and turn turn turn! Obviously, this little guy needs to set on top of a bowl… but then ta da, applesauce falls into your bowl and all the skin and seeds stay on top. I wonder if my Grammy’s mom had one of these too, but even if she didn’t, we have three generations of females making use from the same exact type of mill!

Canning Pot/Water Bather

I recently acquired this canning pot last summer when I realized my dad and step mom had an extra one! Gasp! An extra one!? Their intent was to give it to me anyway, but I can’t describe my excitement when my very own canning pot was handed over to me. When I was younger I can remember my dad and mom canning peaches and pears. Our basement would be lined with canned peaches and pears for us to enjoy all year long. I remember when we would get down to the last few jars, those precious peaches and pears would be saved for something special. Now while I haven’t canned my own peaches yet (it’s definitely a two person process), I have canned a ton of jam. Jams don’t actually require a water bath because the jam is so hot and seals the canning lid all on it’s own. However, last year we needed to water bath our applesauce because we didn’t have enough freezer space for freezer applesauce. Water bathing was simple and I can’t wait to get more use out of this canner this year!

My treasured cookware stories don’t lend to providing specific recipes; I apologize for that, but I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about how I use these unique pieces! To learn stories about other treasured cookwares (and to enjoy the recipes they’ve created) check out the linkup below:


  1. 1

    The food mill!!! My grandparents have a very similar one that I absolutely love. It works so well.

    • 2

      Right?! Love it!! I’ve never done anything in it other than applesauce since that’s what I always saw my gram and mom using it for. Did you grandparents use it for anything else repeatedly?? I would love suggestions!!

  2. 3

    Awww- that reminds me of growing up and making homemade applesauce in the fall!

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