Our neighbor across the street offered us as many apples as we could pick!
I think we got enough.
We made applesauce!
We cored and sliced apples and boiled them down with some water. This can also be done in a slow cooker.
You can add spices like cinnamon or nutmeg, sugars, or leave it plain.
We love our KitchenAid mixer and attachments!
Look at that lovely golden applesauce.
The grinder spits out the peels and gives us smooth applesauce. So much less work!
We boil it down a little more. You can adjust any seasonings at this point.
We poured it into jars and did a water bath canning. They all popped!
This will last us a long time!
Check out our super simple applesauce recipe:
- 12 lbs apples, peeled, cored, quartered (about 30-35)
- 1-2 cups water
- 4 T lemon juice
- 1-3 cups sugar optional
- 1/4 cup cinnamon optional
Combine apples with just enough water to prevent sticking in a large stainless steel saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 20 minutes, until apples are tender. Remove from heat and let cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
Transfer apples, working in batches, to a food mill or a food processor fitted with a metal blade and purée until smooth.
Return apple purée to saucepan. Add sugar, if using, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Maintain a gentle boil over low heat while filling jars.
Ladle hot applesauce into hot, clean jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band until fit is fingertip tight.
Process jars in a boiling water canner for 20 minutes. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed.
Karen Del Tatto says
It’s funny, but I don’t think I ever thought about anyone making applesauce at home. I mean I know people can things, but apples and applesauce fell under the radar for me. lol
Thanks so much for sharing. I’m sure your home smelled amazing!! :-)
Tracy Albiero says
I still use my grandmothers old mill by hand! I think of her every time! #trekkingthru
April J Harris says
Oh my goodness, so many apples! But how lovely to have so many jars of applesauce for the cooler weather. Thank you so much for sharing and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party, Jennifer.
Charlie | MississippiMom says
Ann Johnson says
Do you suppose you could do this without a mixer? Would the cooked apples mash up like potatoes with a potato masher?
It might just be a little thicker or even chunkier, but I think that would work just fine.
Meghan Weyerbacher says
Homemade is best! Love the look of these fresh apples. Green/yellow are my faves too.
christine keyes says
Love this Jennifer! found my mixer attachment and we grow two apple trees here in Washington state. Jarring sauce up this weekend for us and my son. Thanks so much and Happy Halloween !