One of my favorite fall traditions is making applesauce. Each fall, my parents give me a bunch of Arkansas Black apples from my grandparents farm and these apples make delicious applesauce.
Making homemade applesauce is easy – it just takes a few hours from start to finish. The yummy homemade applesauce is worth every hour spent in the kitchen.
Arkansas Blacks aren’t technically good applesauce apples because they are a hard apple. Good varieties for applesauce include Gala, Fuji, Stayman Winesap and Pink Lady to name a few. I use the Arkansas Blacks because they’re given to me so making applesauce from them is free!
Here are the simple steps to making homemade applesauce:
Step 1: Peel the apples.
Step 2: Slice/core the apples.
(An Apple Peeler/Corer/Slicer would definitely speed the applesauce making process up. I can’t justify spending money and using valuable cabinet space for an appliance that I would use once a year.)
Step 3: Place apples in a large pot with a little water.
Step 4: Watch them cook, stirring often. Add water as needed to prevent burning.
Step 5: You have applesauce. Add sugar if you want (we never add sugar because apples are naturally so sweet) and cinnamon if you want cinnamon applesauce.
At this point, you can refrigerate your applesauce and eat it over the next few days. Or, if you’ve made a large quantity, the next step is to can the applesauce.
Step 6: You have canned applesauce. I ended up with 9 pints of plain and 3 of cinnamon this round.
It took me approximately 4 hours from start to finish (canning completed & kitchen clean) to make these 12 pints.
And, one of my favorite parts of making applesauce, it always makes my house smell oh so homey!
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