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Simple Sugarless Applesauce

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.

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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.

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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…

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Bathing Apples

I have thoroughly scrubbed the bathtub. Two 5-6 gallon buckets of apples dropped from my tree are going into the bath for a good soak.

I am planning on making apple cider. Problem is that I have not found a cider press for rent locally. A friend who has a farm about 45minutes away has one, but it needs a good cleaning. I’m also going to try making some hard apple cider. I just read that 40 pounds of apples yields about 3 gallons of juice. So is the drive worth two buckets of apples? Not really.

2 Apple Buckets

I weighed the buckets on my bathroom scale and each was 25.5lbs. That means I have about 50 lbs of apples (minus the buckets which my scale won’t pick up). I probably want to save at least 80 pounds of apples so I can have about 5 gallons for juice and if I am lucky another 80 pounds so I can make 5 gallons of hard cider.

That’s why these apples get a bath. After I sort out the applesauce quality apples from the savers, the juicing apples find a home in the fridge. I need to save up my apples (and space in the fridge)!

Apple Bath CLose-up

I’ll make some applesauce tonight. Hopefully they are sweet enough to not use any sugar in the applesauce. I prefer it that way. I’ll post a link to the recipe I use later.

Also, I was going to start making plum wine this last weekend but my plum tree has yet to fully ripen. I’ve got all the necessities to start it up and then I’ll need to buy a couple of carboys for the wine, juice, and cider.

If only money grew on trees 😉 or a sugar plum daddy was hiding in the plum tree.

Resources:

Cider Inspiration from Hip Chick Digs

Brew Board- How many lbs of apples for one gallon of juice?

The Cider Workshop- How to Craft Cider