I have a ton, or about 50lbs, of fallen apples. You may have seen my picture of apples taking a bath.
With the apples that were more damaged, I made some applesauce.
I cut up enough apples to fill a large pot to almost the top. I only peeled the skin on about 1/4 of the apples.
I threw out the bad parts. I can’t compost them because my apples have critters. The easiest way to reduce the numbers of pests are to throw out the portions I don’t use and the really damaged apples. I go out daily and throw out any fallen apples that are too damaged to eat. Hopefully the apples will look better next year since they look better than last.
After I filled up the pot with cut up apples, I added about an inch of water.
I put the pot on the stove on high until it came to a boil and then lowered it to medium.
I added the juice of two lemon slices, probably around a tablespoon.
Cinnamon came next. I sprinkled the top thoroughly with cinnamon once, stirred it up and then sprinkled it a second time, stirring it again.
I occasionally stirred the applesauce and let it cook on medium for about 30 minutes.
I usually let it cook for less time because I like it chunky but I got distracted with preparing my canning stuff.
I filled up another pot with water and put a washcloth in. I brought it to a boil and added a couple of reused jars for ten minutes. I also added the tops for about 5 minutes.
I took out the jars and filled them with applesauce. Surprisingly I think I only made about 2 quarts of applesauce (minus the two bowls the kiddos ate while still hot) because it really cooks down.
After filling the jars, I wiped the edges, screwed on the tops and put them back in the boiling water for another 10 minutes.
After processing, I put the jars on the counter. I could only tell if one was shelf safe so the other went in the fridge.
You can also freeze applesauce if you leave a little room in the jar. I packed mine pretty tight this time around.
Yeah, I didn’t use the traditional canning jars. How well it’ll work, not sure. But I like to use what’s around the house before buying something new.
When it’s time to eat the applesauce in a couple months, I’ll let you know if it survived.
Until Next Time…