So you have visited all of central Iowa’s apple orchards and pumpkin patches, now you have tons of apples you have no idea what to do with! Sure, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but do you really eat one a day?
OR do you have a toddler in your house who eats apples like this …
I love applesauce and there is nothing better then homemade applesauce cooking in a crockpot on a fall day. I wasn’t sure I was going to make applesauce, because I didn’t know what I would do with it! After some convincing and some tips from a good friend, I decided I would give canning a try! It’s so incredibly easy, I want to can everything now!
- Apples – lots of them! Buy Local! We used a mixture of apples from Iowa Orchard & Center Grove Orchard.
- Sugar – I would say about a cup total
- Cinnamon – 2 Tablespoons, more or less depending on what you like
- Water-Bath – This is the exact one I used.It also comes with a rack and is HUGE!
- Canning Kit – I purchased this also. All the items become very useful when canning.
- Pint Mason Jars – I ended up making 8 jars of applesauce
When making applesauce, it is really hard to do something wrong. There really isn’t no wrong or right away of doing it. The amount of specific ingredients really matters to each individual, so don’t hesitate to add something else (nutmeg, vanilla, lemon) or omit something I added (sugar, water)!
- Chop, core & peel about 10-12 apples
- Throw them in the crockpot
- Add about 1 cup of water
- Add 1 Tbsp of cinnamon
- Add 1/2 cup sugar
- Let sit for 3-4 hours or until soft enough to smash
- Fill your water-bath. You want to make sure there is 1-2 inches of water above your mason jars.
- Wash your mason jars. I placed mine in the dishwasher and pulled them out when they were nice and hot.
- Boil your lids & rings.
- Pull out your hot mason jars and fill them with applesauce.
- Use your magnetic lid lifter from your canning kit to place the lid on top of the jar.
- Use the jar wrench to tighten the ring on.
- Place into water-bath, making sure they are all covered with 1-2 inches of water.
- Begin to boil the water (you can start boiling your water while you are filling your jars and placing the lids).
- For applesauce you want to boil for 15 minutes.
- Once finished remove from hot bath and place on towel on your counter.
- Let sit for at least 12 hours.
- You may hear popping, that means your lids are sealing! After the 12 hours (probably way before) you can test the lids, by pressing the center and they should not flex up and down.