My mom had a bunch of apples left on her tree this year after she was done with them so she said I could have them to make some applesauce. I've never tried canning applesauce on my own before so I asked for her recipe. My original goal was to make applesauce to use in place of sugar in some recipes but after trying it yesterday I know I'll be making more and not for cooking.... Here is my moms recipe. As with many recipes I post the amounts are up to you depending on the flavor you want.
Wash the apples well and then boil in a large stockpot for around 30 - 45 minutes or until apples become soft and squishy. Drain water and then run the apples through a Chinois Strainer or something similar to remove all the outsides, seeds, ect.
Add brown sugar and vanilla extract to taste. How much you add is up to you. I think I had around 5-6 cups of pureed apples and I added about 1 cup of brown sugar and several tablespoons of vanilla. We really liked the vanilla flavor in it.
Put into any size jars you wish. My mom suggested I put them in jelly jars because they are 1 cup and the perfect recipe size. Process in a hot water bather for 15 minutes. remove and let cool and seal.
This applesauce is YUM and an easy way to use those tiny apples you can get from your own trees or maybe friends and neighbors trees. Enjoy!
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