|Posted by Angela Diaz on February 5, 2014 at 9:00 PM|
Making apple sauce was so much easier than I thought. To be honest, I don't like apple sauce. I made it because I know that my kids will eat it, but I was quite surprised by how my apple sauce came out and I really like it! Having control over the ingredients and the texture makes all the difference in the world! I used three kinds of apples, Cameo, Pink Lady, and Stayman.
I washed, peeled, cored, and sliced enough apples to fill a large pot. It's important to remember to put the apples in a container of cold water with a few tablespoons of lemon juice to keep them from becoming discolored while you work on peeling and cutting the rest of the apples.
Put about an inch of water in a large pot. Put all the apple slices in the large pot (without the water they've been soaking in!) and let cook on medium/high heat. Stir the apples every minute or so and use a potato masher to help them along as well. They will get soft and mushy as you stir and mash. When the mash is at a desirable texture, add some sugar and cinammon to taste.
At this point I already had my canning equipment ready to go. I had my bath canner full of boiling water and the jars sterilizing in it. I also had my jar lids and bands in a sauce pan simmering. Now, don't use this as a guide to canning. Please refer to the Ball Book of Home Preserving or other resources for step-by-step directions. Anywho, I took out the sterilized jars, ladled the hot apple sauce into them, covered them with the lid and secured with the bands. I placed them in the water bath canner for twenty minutes, took them out to cool and listened to the cute little 'POP' sounds of the lids securing themselves.
This was my very first time making apple sauce and it's been an absolute success. My kids like it, I like it, and I even had a few of my coworkers try it out. I've gotten some feedback on how good this apple sauce is, but my favorite one was "This is the best home-made applesauce I have ever tried". That says a lot. I know it's better than store-bought, but saying that it's better than some other home-made applesauces is a pretty big deal since this is my first time. I'm very happy with how this all came out.