Chunky Apple Sauce


So my roomie and I went apple picking a few weekends ago and have had a perpetual very large trash can size container of apples sitting in the garage. She's made 2 batches of apple sauce, and I've made 2 batches... there are still more apples out there... hahaha She wants to make apple butter this weekend mmmmm I can't wait to try some!

Apple sauce can me a very very simple thing, if you pick a bunch of different sweet varieties of apples you don't need to add extra sugar to the mix. This is the simplest way to make apple sauce! Grab an apple slicer/corer and fill a large pot to the top with sliced and cored apples. No need to remove the skins or anything (adds fiber mmm fiber!). Let it simmer for about an hour on low, stirring it up every so often. When the apples are to the point that they fall apart easily when you poke at them with a spoon you're all set. Mash them up with the spoon or potato masher until your desired consistency. Add a little fresh lemon juice, cinnamon and any other spices you like. Jar it up in sterilized jars and boil the jars for 10 minutes. Remove from water and let cool. Add a cute little label and give as a great gift!

chow!

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April said...

Question, when you boil your jars, do you put a rack in the bottom of your pot? They applesauce looks great, BTW!

stephchows said...

I think you are supposed to and I can understand why you would (more evenly heated?)... but I don't have a rack that fits in the huge pot I use so I just place the jars in (using jar tongs, oh so handy and only $4) The jars totally rattle around a lot and scuff up the bottom of the stainless steel pot I use but otherwise I haven't had any problems :) The tongs are the only "real" canning equipment that I bought (other than the jars that is) and things seem to work without any issue :)

Wendy said...

hey steph mmm applesauce is the BEST. by the way i just saw these pumpkin parfaits and totally thought of you.

http://joannagoddard.blogspot.com/2008/10/pumpkin-parfaits.html

Meg said...

I really need to try to make my own applesauce. Thanks for the inspiration!

April said...

Question, when you boil your jars, do you put a rack in the bottom of your pot? They applesauce looks great, BTW!

Wendy said...

hey steph mmm applesauce is the BEST. by the way i just saw these pumpkin parfaits and totally thought of you.

http://joannagoddard.blogspot.com/2008/10/pumpkin-parfaits.html

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