Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Canning Applesauce

While visiting my mother-in-law in Antigo, WI, her elderly neighbor was outside picking his apples.  I don’t know if it is just here in Wisconsin, but the apple trees here are loaded!  He was kind enough to share, so we picked some bags full.  They are Hawthorne apples - I think that is what she said.  I washed them, cut in quarters, cut out the core, I left the peelings on and cooked them till soft.  I then ran them through my trusty old Foley food mill, added a small amount of sugar, some I added cinnamon and cloves too.  I packed the jars and gave them a 5 minute or so water bath – just to seal the lids.  I like my food more “raw” than cooked.  Here is what I ended up with 21 pints of the prettiest pink applesauce.  The skins made it pink and I LOVE it.  I just finished that – you know like hours later – and my friend Lisa dropped off 2 1/2 grocery bags of McIntosh apples.  I think I will freeze these for baking. 
The Atlas is an older jar.  One thing with cleaning out estates, I have an abundance of jars!  Now on to these for today…..(I gave my sister Bonnie a bag of apples too).
Till later, God willing, Blessings from Wisconsin where I am enjoying the FALL bounty and weather!
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OurCrazyFarm said...

MM~MMM! We love homemade applesauce! I like to add a bag of frozen raspberries to mine!

TexWisGirl said...

my mom used to do the pink applesauce too! :)

Carrie said...

I love my Foley food mill! That's exactly how I do my applesauce. In fact, it's on my list for this week. I might try a few jars with cinnamon this year.

Bama Girl said...

Wow! twenty-one jars of applesauce. Will you use it in recipes? Our weather has been a little cooler, but is gradually making it back to ninety. Guess I'll have to go to Elijay, GA for some apples!

JohnJean said...

Our apple trees here in Vermont are busting with apples too. We have lived in this house 4 years and have never picked an apple! They were always filled with bugs and just not very developed. I don't know what about this year was different, but they have been awesome. So, God gave us apples and we also, made an abundance of applesauce and canned it. I added blueberries, strawberries, rhubarb and just plain. I always add cinnamon, lots of it...and never sugar. I figure whoever is eating it can drizzle honey on it if they insist on a sweeter sauce. But I think a little tartness makes it the best!

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