Posted by: mamamamahoney | October 13, 2009

Homemade Applesauce

A few weeks ago, we went apple picking with our friends to Wilklow Orchards, their family owned apple orchard.  Since we picked 2 very large bags of apples, I decided to make homemade applesauce and can it.  I didn’t really use a recipe, I just kind of  made it up as I went along.
Sterilizing Jars

Sterilizing Jars

 Firstly, I sterilized my jars.

Peel & Finely Chop Apples

Peel & Finely Chop Apples

Then, I peeled and finely chopped my apples.  Depending on how much applesauce you want to make, will dictate how many apples you need to cut up.  I cut up an entire large bag of apples to make one soup pot of applesauce.  Remember the apples are going to cook down a lot.
Add Sugar & Spice

Add Sugar & Spice

You can add as much or as little sugar & spice to taste.  For the entire pot, I added about 1 Tablespoon of Pumpkin Pie Spice (a nice mix of spices for applesauce) and a 1/2 cup of sugar.
Simmer on Low Heat Until Desired Consistency

Simmer on Low Heat Until Desired Consistency

 Simmer the apples in a COVERED pot (allows apples to steam) on low heat until desired consistency (DO NOT ADD ANY WATER).  I like my applesauce chunky so after a few hours and a few passes of the potato masher, I canned mine.  My pot wasn’t quite full and I got 4 3/4 pint jars (larger than a jelly jar) of tasty applesauce.

 

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Responses

  1. You can add a little apple juice/cider or water as well and it will cook faster – I make my applesauce (albeit in much smaller quantities!) in about 10-15 minutes. It also keeps in the freezer for a long time. Just a heads up for next year 🙂

  2. I LOVE home made applesauce! I do mine in the crock pot:

    8 apples
    1 cup water
    1 cup sugar
    cinnamon to taste

    Dump all in crock pot. 8 hours on low, 4 hours on low. 🙂 Tastes just like apple pie filling!


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