Sunday, December 18, 2011

Apple Sauce and Juice

Yup, I got a lot of apples this week. There are about 22-23 lbs of apples here. As I mentioned I had just opened the last jar of applesauce the other day so it was time to make some more but I really dreaded peeling all those apples so I looked online and found I didn't have to. I washed and cut up the apples in slices and tossed them in a pot with about an inch of water in it.
This was just the first batch. I did two of these pots full and still have a bunch of apples left. I cooked these until they were soft and in the meantime got out my Presto Strainer ($10 at the flea market years ago). 
When the apples were soft enough I drained the juice in a colander with some cheesecloth in it (you didn't really think I was going to waste all that lovely juice did you?) and then ran the apples through the strainer. 
Most of these apples were Red Delicious which made the nicest, sweet, pink applesauce. For each pan full I added just a half cup of sugar.  I then put it in jars (pints) and water bath canned it at for 10 minutes. 
The juice was also so put into jars (quarts) with just a quarter cup sugar for each batch. Two of the quarts I water bath canned for 10 minutes the other two and a half  (I used a regular jar since I was out of jars) I left to put in the frig so we can drink some today and tomorrow. 



  1. You make it look so easy and quick! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Is that a year's supply of apple sauce or what??

    [Did you see my comment asking you to email me?]

  3. I don't know if it would last all year but it is a good start anyway. No I did not see your comment, I'll look for it.

  4. Mike, it took all morning but I didn't really get going on it until about 9:00 a.m. and I was done at noon so not exactly quick but I am pleased with how it went, how lovely the sauce looks and how I didn't have to peel those apples. The leavings were given to the ducks and the rest of the apples will probably last until I need them for apple pie at Christmas.

  5. Very nice way to spend a morning! Your jars of applesauce are beautiful! Isn't it a wonderful feeling to have those filled jars in the pantry?

  6. I don't think I could face peeling that lot either. That's a handy gadget you have there.

  7. Looks like a job well done. Didyou add any lemon juice or do you feel it is acid enough?