This little guy pictured below loves applesauce. After some persuasion he talked me into canning some for the family. He put in his best effort, he helped peel for what seemed like forever and never once complained!
This was one of the easiest recipes yet. It is a Ball Book Recipe and says that it makes 8 pints or 4 quarts. Our apples yielded more like 5+ quarts. We cooked 48 lbs of apples and they yielded 21 quarts.
- 12 lbs of apples
- 3 cups of sugar
- 4 tablespoons of lemon juice
- cinnamon to taste – if desired
Sterilize your jars and get the lids and water-bath canners ready.
In a stainless steel stockpot, combine apples with just enough water to keep them from sticking. Bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce to boil gently and stir occasionally for 10-20 until apples are tender. Time varies based on type of apples and their ripeness.
Once the apples are cooked down to the desired consistency, we drained any excess juices from the apples, saving the juice. We saved the juice just in case we needed to add some back to get our desired consistency when blending the apples. We like our applesauce thick. In cases where it is too thick we add some of the apple juice back to it and blend again.
If you’re using a food mill or blender, blend your apples to the desired consistency and add them back to the stock pot. We used a submersion blender, so we simply added ours back to the stock pot and blended as we went. Once you have the apples at the desired applesauce thickness mix in the sugar and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Maintain this gentle low boil as you ladle the hot applesauce into the hot sterile jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe rims. Place lid and ring and tighten to fingertip-tight.
Place jars in canner, make sure they’re completely covered with water. Bring to a boil and water-bath both pints and quarts for 20 minutes.