I love applesauce, and my kids love the chunky variety so I figured I would give it a whirl. It’s super simple to make, healthier, and in the long run is more frugal than buying even the generic brand at the store! Applesauce makes a great snack, a slightly sweet breakfast food, or even a healthy dessert! It can be a dieter’s best friend, too, especially if you add a dash of Sensa before eating.
Before you get started it is always a good idea to read up so you are doing it properly. Here is a great book about all the proper times to heat and preparations for canning. I grabbed this book, just for this post for free on Amazon thanks to Swagbucks!
First off, the amount this applesauce recipe yields will vary based on apple size, so if you have more just it eat warm YUMMY!
1/2 Bushel of your favorite apple we use 1/2 Jonathan and Cortland Apples (Check Pick Your Own to find out which apples are best for saucing)
Water or apple juice depending on your tastes
Water Bath Canning Pot
Canning Jars and Lids
Apple Peeler and corer
Large Stock pot
FunnelMake sure to steralize your lids and jars before you start cooking. You can sterilize your jars by placing them in your dishwasher. Put lids and rings in a sauce pot and boil for 20 minutes covered.
1. Gather your apples. Make sure you wash them!
4. Cover the apples and turn up high for about 5 minutes. It is a good idea every now and then to stir the apples. Apple Juice has high sugar content and burns quickly so if you don’t stir and check them it can burn to the bottom.
5. After it’s been boiling for a little bit, turn it down to a medium heat. Continue to stir the apples until you notice they are soft.
6. Now here’s the fun part, and make sure to get the kids involved. Grab a mashed potato smasher and start smashing. It’s a lot of fun! Mash the apples up until its the consistency you want. You can make smooth or chunky this way.
7. If you want, add cinnamon to taste! I usually alternate between making regular applesauce and cinnamon applesauce!
size jars boil for about 20 minutes. Place enough water in the pot to cover the top of the jars.