Saturday, July 31, 2010

But Is She Really Thrifty: Homemade Applesauce


Where HAVE I been this week?!  Processing 40 lbs of Gala and Fuji apples, that's where!  I belong to a lovely locally owned fruit and veg co-op and they had an amazing deal of .49 a POUND for both Gala and Fuji apples so it was applesauce canning time around here!  Canning is most certainly not for everyone but thanks to my garden and the co-op I've been staying VERY busy with home canning.  If you are at all interested in learning more about canning or food preservation (drying, freezing) in general I highly recommend the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving.  It's basically the Bible of food preservation!  So, on to applesauce. What you'll need:
Easy Crock pot Applesauce
- About 5 lbs of apples (a pot full).  I used a mix of Gala and Fuji, but any cooking apples will work! 
- 2 tbs of lemon juice
- 1/4 cup of water
- Crock pot or a large pot for the stove
- Food processor or food mill or even a high powered blender will work.
- Optional: sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spices, red hot candies etc.

First you need to wash, core, peel and slice your apples.  Luckily I have a Pinzon Apple and Potato Peeler, Corer, and Slicer.  They're only about $16 on amazon (free shipping if you buy over $25).  My preschooler LOVES to use this thing (with supervision) and the my toddler loved to eat the apple peel "yarn" that comes off. Win for everyone! So, with that being done I just threw the apple slices into the crockpot. Add the lemon juice and a TINY bit of water.  I set the crockpot on high for 3-4 hours. You can also set it on low for 6-7 hours.  Alternatively, you can just set a pot on the stove for about 20 minutes on medium heat (covered) and it will work about the same.  Once the apples are nice and soft, throw them in the food processor or blender until they look like applesauce. If you want chunky applesauce you can use a potato masher as well (or do half and half.. some in the processor, some chunky). Once the apples are the way you like them you can start having fun!  You can add sugar to taste (I don't), cinnamon and other spices.  A little goes a LONG way so add and taste.  And that's it! You can keep it in the fridge for about a week or freeze it!  I can the applesauce because my family LOVES applesauce.  If you do can it, 5 lbs makes about 2 pints or 1 quart (and change) worth. Process in a hot water bath for 25 minutes. 

3 comments:

  1. Have you ever made applesauce with a foley mill? It cuts so much time off because you don't need to peel or core, and it comes out a pretty pink!

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  2. I wish I had a foley mill! But alas, I do not. So, we do with what we have! I've heard of people leaving the peels on (especially if you use a food processor) but my kids like the peeler so much we took them off and they munched on them for a good few days. lol. Thanks for the comment!

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  3. today while cleaning out the garage and freecycling things we don't use i found a book in my cookbook pile and thought of you. i didn't even know i had it. it is a Ball Blue Book Guide to Home Canning, Freezing and Dehydration!!

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