We have a few ancient apple trees in our backyard. The apples have a slightly sweet taste, with a bit of a tart bite to them. The problem is that we have not figured out how to care for the trees well enough to keep the apples from being damaged by bugs and birds. The result is a bunch of apples that don't look very good, but have wonderful taste.
See how beat up these apples are? They are absolutely perfect for making applesauce. In fact, if you are buying apples to make your own homemade applesauce, you will want to ask the farm or orchard for the "seconds". Those are the apples that have fallen off the trees, apples that fell off the apple cart, or simply apples that aren't perfectly round and unblemished. They cost less, but make applesauce that tastes just as good! If you are purchasing apples, try to purchase apples that have a sweeter taste such as Gala, Fugi or even Red Delicious. You will want to stay away from super tart apples like Granny Smiths.
I ended up using the glass top from a decanter to push the apple meat through a small handheld strainer.