So, when I have gotten new trees over the years, I try to space out when they will ripen, to extend the harvest, so that there's food for more months, and so that it's easier for us to pick and store/preserve/cook etc. them.
I am always glad for the abundance, I just like to make things a little easier.
The applesauce will be delicious, I'm sure. I love homemade.
I also, when I just have a handful of apples, chop them smallish, and cook in a saucepan with sugar...or sweet cider...cinnamon, pinch of salt, touch of water, and cinnamon, until it's a pie-like consistency. It's very useful for desserts, toppings, and even as a sweet dip. I used to put it into wonton wrappers and fry them. They tasted just like McDonald's pies. Quite good!
Did you see that Mother Earth News put up articles on making your own vinegar yesterday?
One method, is to use apples...skin, core, stem and all. They point out that you can take the trimmings left from making apple dishes...such as applesauce, and use those to make apple cider vinegar. If you didn't see it, I can get you a link, if you would like to see the pages.