Preparing and Canning Applesauce
This time of year, apples are falling off the branches throughout Oregon and Washington. Whether you have your own apple trees or plan to bring some home from a local farmers market, turning those fruit into applesauce is a quick and easy way to preserve them for a wintertime treat.
Always Use Safe Canning Recipes
We’re using a recipe from Oregon State University Extension Service. Download the publication Preserving Foods: Apples for this and other apple options.
Safely preserve your applesauce and other foods with advice and recipes from the professionals at Oregon State University Extension Service and Washington State University Extension Service. If you have questions about how to properly can and preserve, call OSU’s food safety and preservation hotline, open every summer through October at 1-800-354-7319.
We used four pounds of apples for our recipe.
Step 1: Wash and Core Your Apples
Get them as clean as you can, and don’t leave any of the seeds.
Step 2: Remove the Peels and Cut into Slices
Why remove the peels? Because unpeeled apples are more likely to spoil during storage. There isn’t an exact science to cutting the apples. Any size slices are fine.
Step 3: Simmer in a Lage Pot
Add a small amount of water to the pot to prevent sticking. Simmer until the apples are soft.
Step 4: Mash Your Apples
Use a food mill or a strainer to get the job done. If you like a chunky-style applesauce, you can skip this step altogether.
Step 5: Add Sugar to Taste
Reheat your applesauce to a boil.
Want to give your applesauce an added kick? Skip the regular sugar and add ¼ cup light brown sugar or 3 tablespoons honey, ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
Step 6: Pour into Jars
Leave ½ inch of headspace, whether you’re going to put your jars into a canner or simply freeze them. If you plan to freeze them, let them sit out until they are room temperature. Then put in the freezer. You’re all done.
To process your creation, adjust your lids and place in a boiling canner. You want to give it 15 minutes for pints and 20 minutes for quart jars.
Step 7: Take Canner Off Heat
Give the jars 5 minutes before removing them from the canner.
Step 8: Enjoy Your Creation
Over ice cream or all alone, applesauce is one of life’s simple pleasures.
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