These past few weeks I have spent more time in the kitchen but I’m not complaining. 😉 I got addicted to canning and since it was Summer and the beginning of Fall it was perfect timing. Having a personal garden and taking the kiddos apple picking this year I had tons of food to make things with. A couple of weeks ago I shared a recipe for Apple Butter and now today I’d like to share a simple Homemade Applesauce Recipe.
- 28 Apples
- Fruit Fresh Produce Protector
- 1 cup water
- Sugar (Optional)
Start out by washing your apples then peel (if you wish), remove cores and cut into smaller pieces.
Prepare the Produce Protector and add your apple pieces to the mixture. Let sit for 10 minutes then drain. Now add the apples to a large pot and add the cup of water. Cook on medium heat until the apples have soften. Remove from heat.
Transfer the apples to a food processor or blender and mix well. Return the apples back to the pan and add 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon, 2 teaspoons of nutmeg and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Have your hot canning jars ready and fill with the hot mixture. Leave a 1/2 inch space at top of jars. Cover with lid and bands.
Process the jars of applesauce by giving a water bath in boiling water for 20 minutes. Remove from water and set to the side on a towel or oven mitts and leave alone for 10-12 hours.
You can make smaller batches so you can skip the canning process if you plan on storing a jar or so in the fridge. This recipe made 2 quart jars and a pint jar.
This applesauce came out so yummy and I didn’t even use any sugar in the recipe.
Did you pick any apples this Fall? Did you make anything with them? Tell me in the comments below. 😉