Are you new to canning and preserving? If so, one of the easiest ways to get started is to try making your own homemade applesauce. If you have access to free apples from your backyard or a nearby orchard, great! Otherwise, look for sales at your local farmer's market or supermarket. Making applesauce from scratch is a good way to try homesteading today.
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Here's what you need to get started and a simple recipe for homemade applesauce from my new cookbook, Pantry Preserves for Beginners.
- • 12 lbs apples, peeled, cored & quartered(about 36 medium)
- • Water
- • 3 cups granulated sugar, optional
- • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
- Wash, peel, core and dice apples.
- Take the prepared apples and cover with just enough water to prevent sticking in a large stainless steel saucepan.
- Bring the apples and water to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring occasionally until apples are tender (time will depend upon the variety of apple and their maturity).
- Remove from heat and let them cool slightly about 5 minutes.
- In small batches puree the apples until smooth with a food mill or food processer.
- Add the apple purée back to the saucepan and add sugar & lemon juice.
- Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently to prevent sticking.
- Maintain a gentle boil over low heat while filling jars.
- Add the hot applesauce into jars leaving ½ inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band until fit is fingertip tight.
- Using the water bath canner method, process for 20 minutes.
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