{Homemade Applesauce & Canning 101}

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Several of you have emailed asking for my homemade applesauce recipe. Here it is! Now you can fist pump and leg shimmy your way through Vermont like Diane Keaton.

Ingredients:
9 McIntosh Apples (peeled, cored and chopped)
1 1/2 cup water
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 cinnamon sticks

Directions:
1. Put apples, water, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and cinnamon sticks into a large pot and bring to a boil. Adjust heat to medium low, cover, and let simmer 20-30 minutes until apples are soft. Then use a potato masher to break up the apples into desired consistency.

2. While apples are simmering add 6 half pint glass canning jars (sans metal lids & rings) to a large pot of water and boil for 10 minutes to sanitize. (The water must cover the jars by at least 1").

3. Using a jar lifter remove the jars from the water and set onto a towel (do not place directly onto counter top). Then using a spoon and canning funnel fill the jars with the applesauce mixture (removing cinnamon sticks) and leave 1/4 of an inch of room at the top. Be sure and wipe away any applesauce from the rim of the jars with a damp paper towel.

4. Heat a small bowl of water in the microwave for 1 minute. Remove and add metal canning lids (not rings). After soaking for 30 seconds remove lids with tongs and place them on the jars. Using a kitchen towel (the jars will be hot) screw on rings and tighten.

5. Place jars back into the pot of water using your jar lifter and boil covered for 20 minutes. Carefully remove and let rest on towel for an hour. You should hear the jars pop and seal as they cool.

Applesauce can last up to 1 year if stored in the refrigerator or a cool dark place.

12 comments:

MeeshOne.Love said...

yum! we wish we had some right now...served warm with graham crackers and tea! you are quite the chef. ;)

Katie M. said...

You read my mind bc I was literally just about to post a comment and ask for your recipie :) Thanks for sharing! You.are.awesome! Have a joyful day!

Kasa said...

Yum!!! I'm so making this soon! :)

Bryce said...

Sounds delicious and easy! Love your handwriting!

Bridget said...

Love the shout out to Country Baby Applesauce and Baby Boom, one of my favorite 80's flicks

Ingrid Blanchette said...

this is such a great hostess gift for all the different dinner parties coming up with the holiday season! super yummy along side pork chops too. thanks for sharing...

morgandkim said...

ooo. can't wait to try.. and i agree, your handwriting is beautiful.

Erin B said...

Emily, I can't wait to make this for my fam on Thanksgiving. Where do I get cool jars and where do u find McIntosh apples around here? I rarely see them. I grew up on a McIntosh apple orchard in Michigan and we'd make pies all the time, but the apples seem to be scarce around here.
Thx for the recipe. :-)

Today's Letters said...

erin, i buy my canning jars from elliot's hardware (home depot does not have them) or target. i've also been able to find McIntosh apples at whole foods, central market, and sprouts. my canning funnel and jar lifter came from flea markets, but you can buy them at elliot's or bed, bath & beyond. let me know how it turns out! xoxo

Today's Letters said...

bryce & morgandkim, i've written in all caps since the 9th grade when my english teacher told me my handwriting looked like a boys. now, my handwriting is eligible but it's more obvious that i can't spell worth sheet.

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

LOVE IT. Thanks for the canning tips.

Tracy said...

Thanks for letting me link to your recipe, Em! My husband and I absolutely loved this addition to our lunch!

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