Gonna throw this post up quick since I am in the thick of processing apples into homemade applesauce and crockpot apple butter. This is our 3rd year to harvest apples for free from another homeschool families grandparents! We are so blessed to have free apples to enjoy. Usually we dehydrate a bunch into apple chips but our humidity has been threw the roof and the chips won’t dry- boohoo!
Okay, on to my super simple process of making homemade applesauce.
1) Pick your apples. Hope you have a great GMO-free orchard to go to to pick your lovely apples. Remember for sauce that bruises and apples off the ground are just fine.
2) Wash your apples. I dumped mine in our kitchen sink to soak the bugs out of them. I only had to wipe a few that had mud or grass on them.
4) Place cored apples into Stainless Steel 8-Quart Covered Saucepot.
I used a 3 quart pot but bigger would be faster! Cover with 2-4 inches of water. Cook until apples are tender. You may want to stir them up once or twice so the apples on top cook as quickly as the apples on the bottom.
5)Start sterilizing your Ball Jars in Water Bath Canner or large stock pot.
6) Use slotted spoon to scoop cooked apples out into Stainless Steel Food Mill
over large bowl or 3QT Plastic Bowl . I have one without a handle bought at a garage sale for $1 but I could have used my Pampered Chef batter bowl as well. (I used empty ice cream pail for skins and seeds to be dumped into compost.)
7) Ladle applesauce into hot sterilized canning jars using a canning funnel to help lessen the mess. Wipe jar rims to be sure they are free from debris. Apply clean simmered lids using magnetic lid lifter and finger tighten the rings.
8) Using jar lifter gently place filled jars of applesauce into simmering water. Bring to a slight boil for 15 miuntes. Turn off water and remove jars being sure to use tongs and place on towel or cooling rack onto counter.
9) Listen for the pop sound of your jars sealing. Once cooled label with description and date.
Now you will have some wonderful homemade applesauce to enjoy!