I spent the past week making applesauce! Everyone in my family loves homemade applesauce, so much that they really won't eat store bought now. I was able to buy a ton of apples from an orchard and got to work making applesauce! I am in no way a canning expert and really don't have many special tools for canning. I just use what I've got and it seems to work!
Core and peel apples - I think I did about 20/batch. Toss them in a pot with 1" of water and a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice. Start cooking. After a little bit, the apples start to get soft.
I use my immersion blender and blend away right in the pot. You could transfer to a blender or use a potato masher. Blend it how smooth you want it. We like a little bit of chunks in ours. Our apples weren't very sweet, so I did add about 1/4 cup of sugar to this pot. Totally optional.
Fill up your clean and sterilized jars. You should have your lids and rings in a pot of boiling water while you are doing all this.
I think I averaged 5 apples/quart of applesauce. That is a very rough estimation, so don't hold me too hard to that.
Add 2 tsps vanilla/quart of applesauce. The vanilla is not only delicious, but it also helps the apples from totally turning brown. The vanilla is what my kids love about my applesauce.
While you are stirring in the applesauce, run a knife around the edge to release any bubbles or air pockets.
Put on lids and rings. If you are going to put these in a water bath, only screw them on finger tight. After they are boiling, then really screw them on. Put in boiling water for 20-25 minutes. The water should be about 1" over the tops of the jars. Let them sit for 24 hours before you move them.
This is one box done and I've got one more to go. Hopefully, that will get us through until next apple season!Link parties I participate in: 30 Handmade, A bowl full of lemons, Be Different Act Normal, Craft-O-Maniac, I Heart Naptime, Love Bakes Good Cakes, Lolly Jane Boutique, Ninth Street Notions, Oopsey Daisy, Positively Splendid, Serenity Now, Sew Chatty, Skip to my Lou, Someday Crafts, Tatertots and Jello, Thrifty Decor Chick, Tidy Mom, Today's Creative Blog