Have some extra apples this year and want to preserve the abundance? Canning Applesauce is quick and easy and the final product tastes so delicious! Here’s how we make applesauce from the tart yard apples.
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 mom’s recipe. As with many recipes I post, the amounts are up to you depending on the flavor you want.
How to Make Fresh Applesauce
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. I have this Sauce Maker and I LOVE it.
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. We do not add any sugar to store-bought apples. It does help to add a bit to the tart apples that are more likely to grow at home. Taste your apples for sweetness before adding any sweetener.
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. If you are making applesauce for eating, you will want to put it in a pint or quart.
For jelly size jars, process the jars 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!
What’s next? Let’s try Canning Peaches!
Make sure you check out all the free Canning and Preserving Recipes we have on Little House Living! And don’t forget to check out The Canner’s Cookbook, it has recipes on how to use all your home canned goods!
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One thing about making foods with apples…I hate to waste the peels! If you don’t have any chickens to give your scraps to, you might want to consider these Uses for Apple Peels or try making this Pancake Syrup with apple peels!
Have you ever tried canning applesauce?
This blog post on Canning Applesauce was originally posted on Little House Living in August 2010. It has been updated as of March 2019.