My parents have a couple of apple trees that are ripe right now. Everybody and their brother has been there picking apples for pies and apple butter and whatever else. They're REALLY good apples so I wanted to do something with them too and Marsha, Dustin's sister, and I talked about making and canning applesauce so I decided to try a test run to see how it would turn out.
How they turned out was delicious! Wow were they good. I was quite a process but definitely worth it. Plus right before they turn to applesauce they are just the right texture for a baby to chew up without teeth. Here's the process, I totally recommend you try it yourself!
First you must wash and peel the apples. This is by far the least fun part but it actually goes quicker than one would think. Even chasing my beautiful helper around it only took about 20 minutes.
Here she is "assisting."
And here are all the peeled apples.Then I cut them all up in chunks, nothing fine cut about it. Just big hunks of four. I threw them in a medium low pot with some cinnamon, allspice, vinegar, a pinch of salt and sugar. Delish!
Then comes the cooking. It really takes quite awhile, but it is low maintenance. Just put the lid on them and stir every so often. It probably took a couple of hours, but it is soooo worth it. When the apples break up just by stirring, they are done. It is pretty easy to tell. I just took them off the heat and let them cool enough to put them into plastic bags.
I put in about 4 ladle fulls in each bag and let them cool completely. Then you can put them in the freezer and have applesauce all year long! And trust me, it is worth it!