If you have never canned applesauce, this applesauce canning recipe is for you! The entire thing takes less than 45 mintues, and it’s so easy that anyone can do it!
How To Can Fresh Apples
It’s officially apple-picking season! What are you going to do with all the fresh apples you pick? Are you going to make some apple pie? One of the easiest things to do with a harvest full of apples is to make your own applesauce.
The entire recipe for my cinnamon apple sauce is at the bottom of this post. First, I have some tips that will help you out.
Supplies You Need To Can Applesauce
These are the supplies you need before you begin:
- Quart or Pint glass canning jars with lids
- Food mill
- Apple corer
- Large saucepan
- Boiling water canner
What To Use Instead Of A Water Bath Canner
If you don’t have a water bath canner, you can use a large stock pot with a lid. This article explains how to do this. Basically, you’ll need a jar lifter and small jars since they fit better in the stock pot.
Homemade Applesauce Ingredients
Here’s what you need, along with any replacements or substitutions.
- Apples – You will need 3.5 pounds of apples for each quart of applesauce. The best type of apples for applesauce is golden delicious. (Random fact: Golden Delicious apples were first discovered in West Virginia!)
- Apple Cider – Use apple juice or water, but apple cider has a richer flavor.
- Cinnamon – This is optional but gives it an irresistible flavor
- Sugar – Either brown sugar or granulated white sugar both work, use your favorite.
Easiest Way To Core Apples
Honestly, you will save yourself so much time if you buy and apple corer. It takes just a few seconds per apple. If you enjoy fresh apple apple or homemade applesauce, you will use it.
Do you have to peel apples for apple sauce?
If you have a food mill, you do not have to peel the apples before you cook them. The apples will lose their peels as you process them in the food mill.
Food Mill or Food Processor For Applesauce?
I love food mills. It doesn’t require much effort and they are pretty inexpensive. If you are going to use your blender or food processor to make your applesauce smooth, you’ll have to peel your apples first.
The other good thing about the food mill is that you don’t have to peel the apples. The peels get caught in the food mill and the sauce comes out the bottom.
How long does canned applesauce last?
After your applesauce is completely sealed, it will last up to a year in your pantry. Don’t forget to write the date on the jars so you know when to eat sing
- 3-1/2 pounds of apples per quart of applesauce
- 1/2 Cup of apple cider, apple juice or water
- 1/4 Cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Wash, core, and quarter your apples. (I like to leave the skins on while cooking. They come off while processing in the food mill. You may peel your apples ahead of time if you wish)
- Place apples in a very large saucepan with just enough apple cider, apple juice, or water that the apples won't stick/burn to the bottom of the saucepan.
- Cook over medium heat until soft.
- Once soft, process apples in the food mill into a very large bowl. Discard the peels.
- Pour applesauce back into the large saucepan. Add more apple cider, cinnamon, white sugar, and/or brown sugar if desired.
- Carefully do a taste test and adjust as needed.
- Once you are happy with the flavor, bring applesauce to a boil and cover. Cook on medium heat for 20 minutes.
- Carefully ladle hot applesauce into hot jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace.
- Remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rim to be sure it's clean. Adjust your cap and lid. Hand tighten the lids.
- Process pints and quarts for 20 minutes in a boiling water canner.
The prep time is an estimate as it depends on how many quarts of sauce you are preparing
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 249Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 6gSugar: 53gProtein: 1g
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