APPLESAUCE by Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
NOTE: If you don’t wish to can your applesauce, simply prepare it and enjoy immediately, or store in your refrigerator or freezer.
- 12 lbs of apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)
- 5 cups of water
- 3 cups of sugar (optional)
- 4 TBSP lemon juice, plus 1/4 cup for water solution
- 1/2 TSP nutmeg
- 1 TSP allspice
- 2 1/2 TSP cinnamon
1. Prepare canner and canning supplies.
2. Peel and slice 12 lbs of apples. I keep the peeled and sliced apples in a solution of 1/4 cup of lemon juice and 4 cups of water to prevent browning.
3. Combine the apples and 1 cup of water (to prevent sticking) in a large pot. Simmer on medium heat until the apples are soft. Remove the pot from the heat and allow the fruit to cool for 5 minutes. When it is cool, put the cooked apples through a food mill to smooth and remove any peels. If you prefer chunky applesauce, skip this step.
5. Ladle the hot applesauce into your hot jars leaving 1/2 inch of headspace. Remove any air bubbles and wipe the rims of your jars. Center sterilized lids onto the jars. Screw bands to fingertip-tight. Place the jars into the canner and process for 20 minutes. When finished, remove the canner lid and wait 5 minutes. Remove jars from the canner to cool, label and store.
No matter which grocery store you prefer to shop at, prepared applesauce can always be found in disposable plastic pouches. My children call these pouches Sqeezey Drinks and they LOVE them. I, however, don’t care for the expensive price tag and the massive amount of waste that they create. The Sili Squeeze is the perfect solution; the boys still get their Squeezey Drinks and I save money by creating homemade fruit purees and applesauce. When they are finished enjoying their “squeeze,” instead of throwing the packaging into the garbage can, they place it into the dishwasher.
The Sili Squeeze with Eeeze, generously sent to the boys by CEO and Founder of The Sili Company, Kristin Ahmer, is produced from soft silicone that is BPA, PVC and phthalate free. The Eeeze has a free-flowing spout, similar to pouch drinks sold in the grocery store. I often fill it with smoothies or homemade applesauce (FYI – chunky applesauce will not work with the Sili Squeeze), and toss it into my purse for a quick, healthy snack on the go!