Yield: 32 oz
6 Cups Peeled and diced apples
3/4 Cup water
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon (Or to taste. If you love cinnamon add more!)
I've processed so many apples recently that I’m seeing them in my sleep!!
We have 5 apple trees and a friend gave us bags and bags from her trees, which is awesome because my family eats a TON of apples. But we can’t eat them all at once so I have been working hard to preserve them in forms we can continue to use throughout the year. I bought a food dehydrator which helped me create a ton of apple chips, and learned how to make and can apple sauce, which is crazy easy and the most delicious tasting apple sauce I’ve ever had. I will never buy apple sauce again! I also lucked out and saw an instagram post about homemade apple cider vinegar which made me try making some of my own with a bunch of the scraps!!!
I made videos of how I made the apple sauce and apple chips See below; but here are a couple things I learned that stand out to me.
Buy any of the items on this video here:
1. Absolutely buy an apple peeler/ corer. I did not use one on my first batch of apple sauce and that wasted hours of my life that I can never get back. Joe walked into the kitchen with one right as I was finishing lol. Luckily I was able to use for the remaining batches and wow was it faster!!!
2. The amount of apples that it takes to make apple sauce is staggering! I had no idea!! I actually don’t know how companies can afford to sell it for so cheap!! It is a great way to get lots of fruit into your kids!!!
3. Using a blender to finish the apple sauce was the finishing touch I needed for a totally smooth sauce.
This was an extremely rewarding experience and I hope that this inspires you to try it!!
Preparation if canning: Sterilize your mason jars and lids. Use a jar size your family will consume within 1 week once opened.
Once your apple sauce is ready to put in the jars, you will want the process to move pretty quickly until the jars have been processed. You want your apple sauce hot as the jars go into the boiling water, and your lids need to be hot to create an adequate seal. I suggest having your water for processing boiling by the time you are ready to fill the jars and your lids need to have boiled and must be kept hot until the process is done.
Making the Apple Sauce
Step 1. Peel, core, and dice 6 cups of apples
Step 2. Add apples, water, and cinnamon to a large pot on medium high heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium and cook for 10 min. Stir frequently to prevent scorching.
Step 3. Once the apples have softened and can be easily mashed with a potato masher, mash by hand. I like to finish the mashing by blending in the blender on medium till completely smooth.
At this stage your apple sauce is ready to be served! Thats it! its that simple! If canning, follow remaining steps.
Step 4. Using a jar funnel, fill as many jars with hot apple sauce as you can fit in your pot of boiling water. Make sure to leave ½ inch head space. Run a long flexible utensil along the insides of the jars to remove any air bubbles that may have formed.
Step 5. Wipe the rims of the jars with a wet cloth or paper towel, making sure to remove any food residue. Place hot lid on jar and screw tightly.
Step 6. Place jars in boiling water for 20 min (set timer)
Step 7. Remove jars from boiling water and let rest for 24 hours. Then they will be ready to be put in your pantry and enjoyed over the next year!