After getting a huge box of apples this weekend, I was anxious to preserve them! After doing some investigating, I found out my mom had an attachment for my Kitchen Aid that makes applesauce (The fruit/vegetable Strainer). You do not need this to make applesauce, but it was very helpful! Here is how it worked:
|Step 1: Steam Apples (with an inch of water at the bottom of a pot, we put in 17 apples, sliced into quarters. With boiling water, I cooked the apples for 30 minutes.|
|Step 2: We pushed the apples through the top of a fruit strainer. If you don’t have a strainer, start with cored and peeled apples, and blend them up in a blender.|
|Step 3: Fill clean and sterilized jars with the pureed or strained apples.|
|Step 4: Boil jars, covered in water for 20-25 minutes. Take them out and put them on a dry towel overnight or until the jars seal properly.|
That’s all!! We are so excited to have some applesauce that we canned ourselves. To re-cap, we had 17 apples and got 8, 8 ounce jars.
Make sure the jars seal by pushing on the center. They shouldn’t pop in or out.
Applesauce makes the perfect snack for kids! We love it. There is never a reason to buy applesauce with sugar in it. It’s sweet enough as it is. Either can your own without sugar, or read the label and make sure you are purchasing natural applesauce, with no sugar added.
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