Making homemade applesauce is very easy to do. If you want to make enough for the entire year or for a long period of time, you will need to can the jars using a water bath processor. Applesauce can be made several ways. You can have chunky applesauce or finely smooth applesauce which is what you see in most jars at the grocery store. Southern applesauce is always heated and served with some mashed potatoes. Regular applesauce is served cold alongside a meal.
In order to make homemade applesauce, you will need:
- Canning jars and lids.
- Large pot or canner for processing.
- Utensils such as large tongs, knife and metal rack.
- Towels or cloths to wrap the jars with.
Homemade Applesauce Recipe
- 35 pounds apples (assorted types, not green)
- 1 cup water
- Cinnamon to taste
- Sugar (optional, not necessary if using sweet apples)
- First thing you need to do is to choose the apples. It is best to use a combination of sweet apples for the best taste. The best apples are: Gala, Red Delicious, Yellow Delicious, Fuji, McIntosh and Pippin. Do not use green or Granny Smith. The sweet apples will not require any sugar unless you have a sweet tooth.
- You will need to sanitize the canning jars before you can use them. Place a metal rack in the bottom of the pan and carefully place the jars in the pot. Make sure the jars do not touch each other. Wrap each jar with a small white wash cloth or towel. Cover the jars with water by one inch and bring them to boil. Boil the jars for 10 minutes and keep hot until ready to use. An easy way to sanitize the jars is in your dishwasher. This recipe should make 10 quarts.
- To start the applesauce, place the water in the bottom of a large stock pan. Take the apples and peel and core them. Slice them into thin slices and then put them in the stock pan. Bring the apples to boil and then reduce the heat to medium. Cook the apples until they are soft.
- Using a potato masher, begin to mash the apples for a chunky southern type apple sauce. If you want a fine and smooth applesauce, you can put them in the food processor to process. If you do not have a food processor you can use a metal sieve and mash them through using this manual method.
- Return the apples back to the stove and add in the cinnamon and sugar if desired. Bring the applesauce to boil. Taste the applesauce and make sure the seasoning is right. You can add a bit of nutmeg if you want.
- Place a large funnel on the jar and fill with the prepared applesauce. Fill the jars to 1/2 inch from the top of the jar. Wipe the jar before placing the lids and sealing. Place a metal rack on the bottom of the canner. Wrap each jar again in a small cloth to protect them from touching each other. Fill the canner up with water to exceed the tops of the jars by one inch.
- Bring the water to boil and cover the canner. Boil the applesauce for 20 minutes. With large metal tongs, remove the jars from the canner. Allow all the jars to cool and then remove the rings and tap on the lids. Any jar that is not sealed must be placed in the refrigerator and eaten within a week’s time.
- This homemade applesauce recipe can be used to be consumed immediately. If you desire to make one quart only, then use 3.5 pounds of apples and follow the recipe above. Place the homemade applesauce in the refrigerator and do not bother to can the applesauce in a processor.