homemade applesauce

by @according2kelly on September 22, 2010

you begged & pleaded for the the recipe for the homemade applesauce, and we all know that i can’t say no. so without further ado…

homemade applesauce
* apples (lots & lots of apples. one bushel of apples = about 12 or 13 quarts of applesauce. & you can use any variety of apples, but sweet ones work best – think gala, fugi, red delicious, macintosh)
* cinnamon

BRING boiling-water canner, half full with water, to simmer. wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain jars well before filling. (or you could wash the jars in the dishwasher & turn on the “warmer” until needed.)

WASH, CUT & CORE apples using one of those-dancy apple-cutter-corer-do-hickeys (no need to peel – just use the entire apple), & place fruit into a large stock pot. (rumor has it, you could also make this recipe in a crock pot.)

BOIL apples in about 1-inch of apple juice. bring to full rolling boil (a boil that doesn’t stop bubbling when stirred) on high heat, with the pot’s lid on. lower the flame return & continue to cook until apples are soft.

CRUSH the cooked apples using a potato masher, food processor or sieve, according to your personal taste (i prefer a chunkier applesauce, so it makes my job a wee bit easier).

SEASON your applesauce. a few shakes of the cinnamon jar is all you’ll probably really need. but, if necessary you could add a little bit of sugar, or even some nutmeg (if you want to get fancy).

LADLE immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of tops. wipe jar rims and threads. cover with two-piece lids. screw bands tightly. place jars on elevated rack in canner. lower rack into canner. (water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. add boiling water, if necessary.) cover; bring water to gentle boil. process 15 min. remove jars and place upside down on towel to cool completely for 24 hours. after jars cool, check seals by pressing middles of lids with finger. (if lids spring back, lids are not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.)

* store unopened & properly sealed applesauce in a cool dry, dark place up to 1 year. refrigerate opened applesauce up to 3 weeks.

here are a few tips & tricks i’ve discovered to be super useful:

* the smaller the jam jar, the better. smaller jar sizes are better for some many reasons – less water needed in your stock pot when “processing” the jam, which means it takes less time for boiling. smaller jars are perfect for gift giving. plus, once opened, the applesauce is only good for 3 weeks – a smaller jam jar prevents less spoilage.
* i think it’s easiest to use a potato masher to crush the fruit, you can also us a food processor, or a sieve, but i like my applesauce with little chunks of fruit, instead of velvety smooth – i don’t know, it makes it seem more “homemade.”
* after “processing” the jars, i like to let the jams cool upside down, as an additional means of ensuring the jars seal… you definitely don’t want to slave over a hot stove all afternoon, only to realize the next day that your jars didn’t seal properly!
* for perfectly sized, mason jar labels go HERE.
* for a great, hands-on, step-by-step guide to canning (plus a slew of recipes & tips) go HERE.

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Ashlie
Ashlie

We just went apple picking this past weekend here in MA, perfect weather for it. I tried your recipe and it was perfect. Thanks for sharing.

Ambrosia
Ambrosia

This looks really good - and easy! I can't wait to try your recipe. New follower from blogfrog. :)

Korie
Korie

Thanks Kelly. You are amazing!

Jessica Woodford
Jessica Woodford

Looks so yummy! Making applesauce is on my fall "to-do" list! Thanks for sharing!

korie
korie

Kelly when I try to get the Cafe Rio recipes from a your "What's for dinner?" Post and I go to the "tried it, loved it!" post it says your blog has moved and won't allow me to see that page for more than a second. Is there another way? It could just be me. Thanks! Awesome blog!

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mom taxi julie

I've never had homemade applesauce. So sad lol. Around here we only seem to eat apple sauce with pork chops if I remember to buy it!

laura
laura

oh gosh - i LOVE homemade applesauce. i think it might be time to go apple picking! :)

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