I have been working on getting my pantry stocked with apple sauce. It was a nice thought, but isn’t producing the vision I had of jars and jars of yummy homemade applesauce lining my pantry shelves.
It’s my first try. Next time the babies will be napping before I attempt any canning.
I have another bushel of apples sitting on my front porch that need attending. They keep a lot better out in the cold weather, however they would have done even better had the turkey stayed off the porch and not found the box of apples. Turkey’s like apples by the way.
I found that I really like canning. There is something very satisfying about taking an apple and turning it into a food you can store in your pantry. Though this canning session proved to be a challenge, I learned a lot of “what not to do next time” lessons.
I cooked the skinned, cut up apples down in a sauce pan with a little water. I didn’t add any sugar. The apples themselves had a nice sweet flavor – there wasn’t any need to mess it up.
The apples mush up rather nicely with a potato masher.
I boiled the jars first and then I filled them with the hot applesauce and placed the lid on. I was paranoid about killing everyone…so I put the jars back in the boiling water to make sure they were hot enough and would seal good.
I left them out on the counter and admired them while they cooled. They sealed great.
I used new lids and just washed and sterilized the jars I had. I will be keeping my eye out for additional canning jars for future use. Hopefully, I can get to that bushel of apples on the porch this week!