Sunday, September 22, 2013

Canning Homemade Applesauce



We finally got around to picking apples this weekend. Our friends own a local apple orchard which is were we get a lot of our fresh produce that we don't grow ourselves. They have a really good variety of stuff that you can pick your self or you can get pre-picked produce.




We also picked out our pumpkins while we were their today because the month of October is crazy for us... but back to the applesauce.  It is super easy because it only takes 4 ingredients and a crock pot to make plus your regular canning supplies or you can eat it fresh. So here's what you need:

20-25 small to med apples
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp cinnamon
5 tsp of light brown sugar

First peel your apples and core. Then chop them up. I just cut up enough apples until my crock pot is full, so how many you need greatly depends on the size of apples you are cooking with.  I used a mixture of cortland and golden delicious apples.


Then add your lemon juice, cinnamon, and brown sugar. You can skip the cinnamon if you prefer though. Stir it all together and let cook on low for 6 hours stirring occasionally.


About halfway done.

After 6 hours.
After 6 hours your apples should have cooked down to the consistency of chunky applesauce. You can run it through a blender if you prefer it more smooth. We like ours chunky though so we can it straight out of the crock pot. If your applesauce isn't boiling in the crock pot you will need to transfer it to a pot and heat it to boiling on the stove. Mine was going at a low boil for about the last hour.  I ladled the applesauce into my pint jars and left 1/2 inch of head space and processed them in a water bath canner for 20 minutes.  I was able to get 3 pint jars out of this amount.


 
 

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