Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Homemade Applesauce

This was my first shot at making applesauce and I have to confess that I really had no idea what I was doing.  BUT, it turned out great and it was pretty easy.  It would have been a lot easier if I didn't have to mash all the apples by hand but live and learn I guess!

I was hoping to use only apples from our trip to the orchard but we must have been one of the last ones to visit because all of the trees were bare.  We came home with a few small Red Delicious.  The rest are a variety from our local HyVee.

I used about 20 apples.

 I left the skins on and just used the apple slicer to cut them up.

I ended up dividing them between 2 pots since I had more than anticipated.

 I added about a 1/4th of Simply Apple apple juice to each pot and then added enough water to cover the apples then cook till apples are soft.

 I don't have a tool to help me with this so I had to smash them through the sieve by hand, dis-guarding the skins along the way.  Lets just say my arm and wrist hurt a bit after this was all said and done.

 Ended up with four jars to give as gifts with just enough left over for us to enjoy some.

 After I did a taste test to make sure it was up to par, I recruited my grizzly bear to give it a try.

 Mmmmm! Mom tested Grizzly Bear approved! 

I would love to know if you have ever made applesauce and if you have any good tips or tricks I should try for next time.

~ Jess

1 comment:

Melanie said...

I've made homemade applesauce a few times. Have never done more than a few apples at a time, so I didn't have to can it, but I just peeled and sliced the apples thin, steamed on stove with a little water (to prevent sticking) and then pureed in blender. Super easy, and I don't have to make sure there is no sugars/HFCS/etc. Oh, Kylin likes cinnamon in hers. :)