Thursday, September 25, 2014

What's Being Canned: Applesauce

There is no better time to make applesauce than Fall time, and there is no easier way to make applesauce than in the crock pot! And it's even better when it's not an exact science, so you're free to play with amounts based on how you like your applesauce! 

We were fortunate enough to buy two huge boxes of apples for a very great price from one of the vendors at our local farmers market. I LOVE the farmers market!! 


10-20 apples, depending on apple size. (I always use a few different types of apples and I never really count how many apples I use, I just fill the crock pot up.)
1 strip lemon peel 
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 3inch cinnamon stick (or 1/2 - 1 teaspoon cinnamon, depending on how much you love cinnamon.)
5 teaspoons light brown sugar 

1. Peel, core, and chop the apples.
2. Add the lemon peel, lemon juice, cinnamon stick (or powder), and brown sugar. 
3. Set crock pot on low and cook for about 6 hours. Stir apples occasionally, apples will slowly soften. 
4. Remove cinnamon stick and lemon peel. Using a whisk or a masher, blend and smash applesauce to your chunk liking. I like my apple sauce on the chunkier side, so I tend to not smash my apples too much. 
5. Applesauce will keep in fridge for up to 3 weeks, or if you wish, can your applesauce. 

To can: 

1. Fill mason jars to 1/2 inch from top. 
2. Remove air bubbles, wipe rim, center lid on jar and screw on ring. 
3. Place jars in canner, ensuring jars are covered with 1/2 inch of water. Bring to boil for 20 minutes. 

We made two crock pots of applesauce and filled 8 pint jars. Of course, we ate a jar right away, so we're missing one in the photo! Nothing better than warm applesauce! 

After we made our first double batch of applesauce, I wanted MORE. lol, So we made another double batch of applesauce using 4oz jars this time. These will be perfect in the kids' lunch pails for school. Just remember to open them first so you break the seal, then put lid and ring back on. Otherwise the little ones wont be able to get them open at lunch time!

Our double batch of apple sauce filled two packages of 4 oz jars and left enough for everyone to have some for dessert that night. 

With love,
Mama Hauck

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