Home-Canned Applesauce… in 9 Simple Steps

posted by Andrea | 10/31/2014

home canned applesauce

It’s the end of October - which, in Michigan, means APPLES! 

There is no shortage of orchards to go apple picking or, if you’re like me, to drive up and buy a few bushels of already picked apples while leaving the kids in their carseats!

We LOVE eating fresh apples as well as baking with them (this apple cake is one of our favorites!)… and of course, canning quarts upon quarts of deliciously pink applesauce.

Well, maybe I don’t exactly LOVE the entire caning process, but the end results are worth it as we eat applesauce with almost every meal, and it’s super convenient baby food!

simon eating applesauce

Since it’s apple season here in Michigan (and many parts of the country) I’ve been getting lots of requests for applesauce canning posts and information; and although I’m not an expert, I can say that my mom, my grandma, and I have all been canning applesauce this way for years and years… and years.  We’ve never been disappointed.

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Almost two years ago, I shared a long tutorial about how I can applesauce — and since I just finished canning applesauce for this year, I thought it was time for a re-post.

What I’m sharing below is mostly reposted from back in 2012 with a few new tips and links thrown in… however, I’m sure you’ll notice that Nora looks just a bit younger in these pictures!

I don’t know about you, but the whole process of canning applesauce always seems so overwhelming to me… but once I’m finished, I realize that it really only takes a few hours for me to can enough applesauce for almost two years (and we eat A LOT of applesauce).

Also, I’ve found that with canning, so much of it is learned through experience and “hands-on” training. So while I can’t give you a hands-on experience via my blog, I hope that the step-by-step photos and instructions below will at least be a good guide to help you get started!

Step 1: Buy and wash your apples.

I always get my apples from local orchards — it’s usually the most frugal approach to get large quantities of apples, and it’s also often the “freshest” option. We buy most of our fruit from Moelker’s Orchard.

I almost always buy a variety of apples (the orchard will be able to recommend good “applesauce apples”). I personally prefer red apples to yellow/green apples and my favorite “blend” is Idared, McIntosh, and Empire.

I usually can anywhere from 2 to 3 bushels (about 4-6 large paper grocery bags full). I’ve found that one bushel of apples gives me almost 20 quarts of applesauce — but this depends on how thick or thin you like your sauce, how big the apples are, how much you cut out of the apples, if you peel the apples before cooking, etc.

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Step 2: Cut the apples up.

This is for sure the most time-consuming part — it works best if you either do it the night before and have helpers.

You can easily cut up the apples the night before and soak them in saltwater for a few minutes. Once you remove them from the salt water, you can put them in any pan or food storage tub and the flesh should stay white until the next day.

If you process the apples like I do in the food mill (see instructions below) you can leave the skins on — which will save you TONS of time, produce more applesauce, give your applesauce a deliciously sweet flavor, and a fabulous pink/red color.

When you’re cutting the apples, the trick is to waste as little of the apple flesh as possible. I cut the apples into quarters, cut out the tiny seed area, and then cut each quarter into 4 -6 chunks.

This is a “sticky” process so I cover my table with an ugly plastic tablecloth.

I usually put one plastic container on my lap for the apple chunks and another container on the table for the “discarded” seeds pile. Again — this part seems overwhelming, but once you get in your groove, it goes quickly (although you’ll definitely want to use a good paring knife!)

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Step 3: Cook the apples.

If you don’t have many large stock pots, you might want to borrow a couple. I often have 3 or 4 large pots cooking at one time to help the process go faster.

Simply fill the pans to the top with chopped apples, add a cup or two of water (not exact at all — just to keep the apples from burning to the bottom), and boil until VERY soft. I stir the pans every few minutes and scrape the bottom so the apples don’t burn.

Depending on your stove, your pans, how full your pans are, and how big your apple chunks are, the cooking process could take anywhere from 15-30 minutes.

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Step 4: Pour cooked apples into a large food mill.

As I mentioned above, you’ll save yourself LOADS of time and get more applesauce by not peeling your apples before you cook them; but if you leave the peels on, you’ll need to run the cooked apples through a food mill to separate the peels.

My grandma actually just gave me her food mill to keep since I’m basically the only grandchild that does any canning and she decided she’s too old to can much anymore :)

The food mill makes canning applesauce so much easier and faster — it’s definitely worth the $40 – $50 if you can applesauce each year (although I know my Grandma found hers at a garage sale for $5!)

As you can see by the picture, the food mill simply clips onto the edge of a counter or table. Then, when the apples are cooked, you pour the entire pot directly into the top of the food mill…

Then start cranking the handle and pressing down on the apples. The sauce will start coming out the bottom and the peels will be “discarded” out the side.

I always run the discarded peels through the food mill once or twice just so I don’t waste anything!

Doesn’t it look SOOOOO delicious!

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Step 5: Add water and/or sugar to the sauce.

After I run the apples through the food mill, I dump the sauce into a large bowl and add more water if it looks too thick — this makes it easier to pour out of the jar and also helps to “stretch” the quantity a bit.

You may also add sugar at this point — however I don’t think I’ve ever added any sugar to my sauce because the apples are sweet enough on their own.

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Step 6: Ladle applesauce into clean jars.

Scooping Applesauce into Jars

I always use quart jars because we go through applesauce very quickly; however, if you’re worried you won’t eat it fast enough, you could use pint jars instead.

I use one of these handy canning funnels specifically design for canning jars. They make the process so much easier — and much less messy!

Just make sure all your jars are very clean (I run my through the dishwasher the day before) so no germs or bacteria gets inside the jars.

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Step 7: Put lids and rings on each jar.

Once the jars are filled with applesauce (leaving about 1/4″ of headspace at the top of the jar) it’s time to put a canning lid on each jar and then secure the canning lid with a ring (make sure you have the appropriate size lids and rings for your jars — they come in both regular and wide mouth).

Follow the directions on the boxes of lids as you’ll need to boil the lids for a few minutes before topping each jar to soften the seal.

Once the rings are screwed on as tightly as you can by hand, you’re ready to process the jars — although you don’t necessarily  need to to this immediately.

I usually take some time to clean up the kitchen and get things put away before processing the jars (they can easily sit out on the counter for 24 hours or more).

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Step 8: Process the jars in a hot-water bath.

This is the easy part… but it still takes a while.

With applesauce and other non-acidic foods, there is no need for fancy (and expensive) pressure cookers. A simple hot-water bath canner like mine will do the job at a fraction of the price.

A canner holds 7 jars (I only have 6 jars in the picture above, but you can put another jar in the middle hole) so unless you have access to multiple canners, you can only process 7 jars at a time.

I usually like to have 2 canners going at the same time — especially now that I have a bigger, more powerful stove. However, you can easily manage with one canner.

Once the jars are covered with water (just barely covered otherwise it will boil over). Put the lid on and turn the burner on high. It will take a while for the water to come to a full rolling boil, but once it does, set your timer for 20 minutes.

After the jars boil for 20 minutes, turn the burner off, remove the lid, and CAREFULLY remove the jars from the canner onto towels to dry and cool.

Let the jars sit for 24 hours and then make sure they’ve all sealed (they’ve sealed if you can’t press down on the middle “bubble” on the lids).

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Step 9: Wash and store the canned applesauce.

If the jars all sealed properly, you can then remove the rings (after they sit or 24 hours), wash the jars to remove any sticky residue, and store them in a cool place.

The applesauce should last for a few years if properly sealed and stored (we keep ours on shelves in the basement)

If one or two of the jars don’t seal, you can just stick them in the freezer (they will last several months) or in the fridge (if you can eat it within a few weeks).

DONE!

That’s the whole process — and while I know it might seem overwhelming, it only took me 5 hours to do about 40 jars from start to finish. I did have my mom helping me for almost 3 hours, and Dave was home to watch the kids, but I promise, it’s not as bad as you might think.

Plus, if you’ve ever tasted homemade applesauce before, you’ll agree that it’s worth a little extra work :)

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If you’re still not sure you can handle canning, just start small. Do 5 pounds of apples — which should probably make 2 or 3 quart jars of sauce. If you like it, do more. If you hate it, you won’t have wasted much.

And if you don’t have time to can applesauce right now, don’t worry… you can usually get apples from the orchard until January or February, so you could save this project until winter (which is what I usually do).

Finally, if you don’t have any canning supplies, consider trying my 8-Minute Microwave Applesauce recipe.

What are your favorite ways to use up apples?

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63 comments

  1. megan @ whatmegansmaking

    01/04/2013

    OK, next time you’re canning, call me and I’ll come over help in exchange for a hands on canning lesson. ;) I’m always terrified I’m going to die of botulism if I start canning my own food…

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    Andrea Reply:

    Well, I probably won’t be canning anything for a while Megan… but I’ll remember your offer next Fall :)

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  2. Calliope

    01/04/2013

    In Greece applesauce is not at all common. So i am curious. Where do you use it?

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    Andrea Reply:

    We just eat it… with everything :)
    We have applesauce on the table almost every single night (and yes, I totally understand if that sounds weird to a lot of people!) It’s like a condiment and/or side dish for almost every one of our meals.

    You can also use it for baking in place of oil, for jello recipes in place of water, or as baby food!

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  3. Linda

    01/04/2013

    I speed the process up by not taking out the core and seeds. I run the warm apples through the food grinder and fruit/vegetable strainer attachments on my Kitchen Aid mixer. I do 5-6 bushels of apples into sauce this way.

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    Andrea Reply:

    We’ve tried that Linda — but we noticed that applesauce had a more “bitter” taste if we left the seeds in… not nearly as sweet. Plus, the seeds get stuck in the mesh strainer part of our food mill :)

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  4. Deanna

    01/04/2013

    A peeler/corer/slicer from Pampered Chef works WONDERFUL when canning apples. My grandma came to my house this fall and we canned applesauce and pie filling. The whole process was a learning experience for all since my grandma hadn’t done either before and this was my first time canning. We used her food processor instead of a food mill, and we used the leftover water from boiling the apples as apple juice! :)

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    Sandy K Reply:

    Deanna, the apples are sliced very thin with the Pampered Chef peeler/corer/slicer. The apples will soften much quicker. Will that take away from the flavor by not cooking longer? I have this product.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Just an FYI, if you use an apple slicer, peeler, corer, you will waste a ton of the apple. I basically just cut out the seeds and that’s it — it will take longer if you do it by hand, but you’ll get a lot more sauce.

    Also, I don’t peel my apples before hand — and the peeling give it a really great flavor and a fabulous pink color.

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    Sandy K Reply:

    With the Pampered Chef Peeler/Corer/Slicer there is no waste. But the slices are quite thin and do work well or an apple pie. I’m wondering if the thinness of the slices would diminish the taste. The peel usually comes off in one long strand so you could put the peel in the water and get the same color affect and just pull out the peels after the apples are cooked. Just wondering. I think I’ll have to try it.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Hey Sandy, The point I was trying to make with the peeler slicer is that you waste the entire core of the apple — which has TONS of useable apple pulp. I literally only take out the seeds and the stem — nothing else of the core — so the entire core gets cooked down. And if you’re doing bushels of apples, that will add up to lots of extra applesauce. :)

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  5. Melanie

    01/04/2013

    Might have to try this sometime. My kids would love it. I really like your t-shirt!

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  6. Liss

    01/04/2013

    There is a easer way to can. Where you dont have to do the water boil after you fill the jars. Boil the lids and rings. Get you applesauce to boil for 5 min or so. Fill your jars put on tops and rings. Flip the jars over onto a towel with the jars not touching for 5 min or so the flip the jars over. After a few min. You should start to hear them pop. If some dont just rewarm the sauce and fill again and flip. I have cut my canning time down by 20 min doing it this way.

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    Andrea Reply:

    This is the method I use for canning jam — however it is not recommended for applesauce. The main reason is because it’s difficult to get the applesauce to a high enough temperature for a long enough time to kill any lurking bacteria. The applesauce would most likely burn if you achieved a hot enough temperature, and if you don’t kill the bacteria, the jars might seal… but the bacteria would be sealed inside and then your applesauce could still go bad over time.

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  7. Jen

    01/04/2013

    This is great! I’m hoping to start doing some canning in a few years, when we build our house and I have a big enough kitchen and a place to store canned items.

    Did you guys get rid of your farm table or is it just put up? I love that table. In fact, I’ve already shown it to my husband so that he knows exactly what he’ll be building for me in our new home. lol

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  8. Katie

    01/04/2013

    This year I tried softening the apples in the oven and it worked great! I used a large roasting pan with a bit of water and filled it full with apples. It was so easy to soften them in the oven and that way my stove top was free for the water bath canner. I was able to have a pretty good assembly line going that way.

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  9. Starla

    01/04/2013

    Oh yes – I love applesauce. We do 3 – 4 bushels a year, but I freeze it instead of canning it.

    I always just quarter the apples, take out the seedy part, and then cut each quarter in half again, skipping the chunking part. You might need to cook them a little longer – not sure. But it may save time in the process of getting them ready to cook. Otherwise I do it pretty much the same way you showed. It is the fruit I prefer to preserve – a lot easier than peaches or pears!

    I also freeze the applesauce in small disposable containers for school lunches. It is very convenient when packing lunches! The boys have the option of applesauce, blueberries, peaches, or crushed strawberries. They love it!

    I also use a food mill just like that. We sometimes remove the handle and rig it up to a drill to run it faster and do the cranking for us. =)

    Glad to see you have retained what is becoming a lost art!

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  10. Kristia

    01/04/2013

    I make a lot of applesauce every fall; enough to last us through the winter and spring. We eat it almost every night at dinner too. I freeze mine though.

    My food grinder is pretty sturdy, so I just wash the apples and quarter them. I don’t bother removing seeds, my grinder separates it for me. I usually use 7-8 different varieties from a local orchard. I find that using so many varieties, I never need to add sugar.

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  11. Jamie

    01/04/2013

    Really like your site. I am trying to pin this post so I know where it’s at when I go to make applesauce but none of your images are able to be pinned. Why is that?

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    Andrea Reply:

    Jamie — I don’t know why I keep having issues with this… but if you just click the “Pin” button at the bottom of the post it should work. For some reason, my flickr photos cause the issue even though my account is set to “Share” all my images.

    Sorry!

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    Jamie Reply:

    Thanks Andrea for replying so quickly. I used the pin button at the end of the post as you said and it worked just fine. Thanks!

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  12. Erin

    01/04/2013

    I canned applesauce last year and was doing it the same way you were with cutting the apples. I got tires of cutting so about halfway thru I grabbed my apple slicer/corer, similar to this one http://www.amazon.com/OXO-Grips-Apple-Corer-Divider/dp/B00004OCKT
    I thought it ended up going faster and I didn’t lose much of the apple.

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  13. Jance

    01/04/2013

    I am always so amazed at the energy you have, especially with Faith being such a busy, non sleeping little girl! Of course, you are half my age, but I didn’t have as much energy even at your age :^). I’m originally from Michigan, so I really loved your t-shirt. I have made some radical changes in my life lately and one of them is to eat a raw food only diet ( I eat nothing cooked-only fresh foods) and was looking for an uncooked method of preserving applesauce and found one that is so easy. Maybe this will be an option for those who eat like I do or maybe they don’t want to take the time to can. This way is cheaper and less time consuming. Of course, I hate putting the in Ziploc bags that are contaminated with BPA , but at this point, I can’t afford to buy the ones that aren’t produced with the harmful chemicals. I just don’t understand why those of us who want to be as healthy as possible, have to pay out the nose? That’s another subject. It’s just 3 easy steps. 1) Core the apples 2) Put them in a Vita Mix blender and blend until your desired chunkiness or smoothness. The only thing I add is a little cinnamon, not only because I like the taste, but it also has healthy proprieties. To finish this super easy process, I put them in whatever size ziploc bags I want and freeze. Hope this helps those of who would be interested. I pray that your New Year will be blessed with sleep :^) and full of ALL THAT IS GOOD!! As always, I love your site….keep up the great work Andrea!

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    Jane Reply:

    We also started eating healthier (no MSG, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors or sweeteners) so we cook a lot of meals from scratch. This would be nice to have on hand. I didn’t realize you can can a years worth of apple sauce in a day. Thanks for the information.

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  14. Jennifer M.

    01/04/2013

    This is exactly the way I can apples and both my Mom and my grandmas canned. I have a apple core/peeler/slicer though. I had a lot of apple to do this year. It took me a little longer than usual but with four children under 5 running around what do you expect. Besides too large batches of applesauce, I also made apple butter, apple pie filling, fruit leather, apple desserts, etc. Now, I’m plannning to can some pears that I have (our baby will use some for baby food), as I was waiting for some rubber rings for my older jars passed down from my Nana. I guess I will start on them next week.

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  15. sheri

    01/04/2013

    My mother always did her canning in the winter. She would freeze her pickings during the picking season and can in the winter. Her thought was that you were stuck in the house anyway and you wanted to make the house warmer during that season.

    I love the applesauce canning process. I would love to try this.

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  16. Paula

    01/04/2013

    This is almost exactly the way I do it. I never add sugar to my apples. Our favorite is Jonathon. However we now live in GA (grew up in MI) and it is harder to get Jonathon apples.

    One of the things I do different is to put some cinnamon on my apples when cooking them. Makes the house smell even better.

    We have applesauce on the table almost every night too. I have one picky eater and she doesn’t eat many vegetables so she always has applesauce and I don’t feel bad as it has no added sugar.

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  17. Vicki

    01/04/2013

    A food strainer makes the best applesauce! I did want to mention that canning lids have changed in the last few years, and they no longer recommend to boil them. I usually bring a small pot of water to a boil, remove it from the heat, and then add the lids. If I am in a hurry, I might even just use hot tap water. I know of people who have boiled their lids and had seal failures. It has to do with the composition of the sealing compound.

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  18. Sandy K

    09/09/2013

    Your tutorial is wonderful. We eat a lot of applesauce. I buy the unsweetened kind and add cinnamon which I love. Do you use organic apples? Thank you for all you do.

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    Andrea Reply:

    I honestly don’t know if my apples are organic — I just get them from a local orchard. The family who owns the orchard sends their kid’s to Dave’s school so I figure I’ll support them :)

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  19. Meghan

    09/24/2013

    I’m wondering if you stick some unsealed jars in the freezer if you need to remove any of the sauce? My mom said I should do that, but I can’t imagine you wouldn’t have said so if it was necessary! You thought of everything else.

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    Andrea Reply:

    I’ve honestly never had a jar of applesauce that didn’t seal — so I’ve never tried putting them in the freezer before. however, a pretty common “rule of thumb” is that if you put ANYTHING in the freezer, you need to leave room for it to expand. So yes, I would definitely remove about 1/8 to 1/4 cup of sauce before freezing — just to be on the safe side!

    Good luck :)

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  20. Kristen

    09/24/2013

    Do you have any tips on making the purchase of apples more economical? We picked last weekend and it was about $20 for a 1/2 bushel of apples. Does that seem expensive? It kind of did to me. I know that the the nutritional value of homemade is completely worth it (I have a 3 y/o & 5 months old), but with a husband that’s laid off…well, we have to watch the budget on it a bit. And if I’m going to go to the trouble of getting everything out for the canning process, I’d like to make a large batch. Thanks for any advice! :)

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    Stephanie Reply:

    Ask for seconds. They might have a few more bruises or black spots to cut out but overall the apple is still delicious and around half the cost.
    If you are local there is an orchard on Riley and 16th in Jamestown area that also sells apples for around the same price. For me it is more economical to purchase from them. Grand view Orchard is the name.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yes Stephanie — we ALWAYS get 2nds for apples… they are half the price (or cheaper.

    We go to Molker’s orchard in the Northern Grandville area because they send their kids to Dave’s school!

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    Stephanie Reply:

    With the addition of the bakery at Moelker I do go there more often. Good thing there only open for about 6 months!

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    Nicola Reply:

    Kristen, we get all our apples from neighbours. There is such an abundance in our neighbourhood that so many end up being wasted. Once you know which neighbours or friends have apple trees, they’ll probably be grateful to have someone take some away. I know that’s how it works around here anyways (Alberta Canada).

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  21. jeanette

    09/02/2014

    why does apple sauce turn dark in the jars

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    Andrea Reply:

    what do you mean by “turn dark in the jars”. Mine doesn’t change color much at all — but I do use all the skins for my sauce so it’s very pink/red in color compare to the yellow stuff you buy at the stores.

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  22. Heidi

    10/31/2014

    I do all my canning in the dishwasher. After filling and sealing the jars as you describe, I load up the dishwasher and run it through on a heavy pots and pans hi-temp scrub/sani rinse. I can fit 16 quarts and about 15 pints in one dishwasher cycle, and the jars come out clean and fresh. My neighbor introduced me to this method 15 years ago and have been canning applesauce, salsa, and tomato soup like this ever since!

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    Andrea Reply:

    WHAT!!!! I’ve never heard of that before, but it might just change the way I can forever! I might have to try this some time this winter! One question though — do you still find you need to wash under where the rings are? Or does that somehow get clean in the dishwasher too?

    Thanks so much for this tip!

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    Heidi Reply:

    I don’t ever do that, no, though I usually wipe them down prior to putting the rings on. When my neighbor first told me about this, I thought she was crazy … until I tried it and found it worked beautifully! And if any don’t seal, can just put in a canner … which I never have had to do. You need the high temp scrub/sani rinse cycle on your dishwasher for the water to be hot enough to seal them. I no longer own a canner as this system is so much easier and quicker!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Ok thanks Heidi — I am definitely intrigued by this!

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    NIcola Reply:

    I’ve never heard of this either but it sounds like a fantastic time saver and won’t steam up my kitchen from boiling water for mega batches of canning. Thanks!!

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    Sheryl Reply:

    I do not think this is safe. A dishwasher does not get to the proper boiling temp for the correct amount of time. I would def check with ball canning or your local extension office for canning. I’ve gotten sick from improper canning & it’s not fun trust me.

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  23. Paula

    10/31/2014

    I like to cook mine with cinnamon on it. I never add any sugar either. Our favorite is just Jonathon apples. Enjoy your sauce!

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  24. Shelley

    10/31/2014

    I buy my apples at Moelkers’ too. Have you tried the donuts? :)

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    Andrea Reply:

    yay — we love Moelkers!! and yes, we have eaten WAY too many of their donuts :)

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  25. Sylvia

    10/31/2014

    When I can applesauce using the food mill I just cut the apples into quarters and leave the seeds in. This saves a lot of time.

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    Andrea Reply:

    I’ve always debated on doing this or not — but my mom and grandma SWEAR that the applesauce had a bitter taste when they tried leaving the seeds in years ago.

    have you noticed that at all?

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    Sylvia Reply:

    I’ve never noticed a bitter taste, but then I’ve always done it this way. It might be worth it to try a small batch leaving the seeds in and see what you think.

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    Liane Reply:

    Seeds? Leave em out. My grandmother was a veteran canner. She said they were poison. I was curious about it so I googled. Dr. Google is our friend. Did not have that resource back in the 50s but my grandma was right!

    http://www.snopes.com/food/warnings/apples.asp

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    Andrea Reply:

    thanks Liane — grandma knows best, right :)

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  26. Jennifer

    10/31/2014

    I was a day early! I used your tutorial yesterday to can applesauce after using it last year for the first time. Thank you for such an easy to follow tutorial!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yay — glad it helped! Hope you enjoy your applesauce!

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  27. Liane

    10/31/2014

    I’m so glad you reposted this. We have been thinking of visiting Apple Hill here in California to get some apples.

    I have not done any canning in this house since we installed a convection microwave oven over the stove where an exhaust fan once lived. There is just not enough clearance for a canner. So I followed the link to the microwave method and noticed you used a pampered chef thingamajig to make the apple sauce. I have to confess my computer monitor is a 28 in tv set. Good for noticing details haha so I noticed you pitched that pampered chef thing during your kitchen purge. I wonder what else would work? I was all set to buy a used on on eBay and get to apple making. I have a Foley food mill from eons ago and it works fine for small batches.

    I’m rarin to go here, will be heading out in the motorhome to the foothills and the apples! soon.

    – Liane

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  28. Debby

    10/31/2014

    Thanks for posting. I think this is going to be the year that I try canning applesauce. Trying to eat healthier. We have a great orchard here in Northeast Ohio with so many great varieties and plenty of seconds to buy. It’s called Patterson’s in Geauga County. Great family business with focus on family. Happy Halloween

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  29. Nicola

    11/01/2014

    I do it the same way as you, but with 2 steps that make it even quicker!

    I don’t cut the apples up at all, I just put them in huge saucepans with some water and let them mush down for about 30 minutes of cooking. I use a potato masher to mash them a bit, then they all go in the tomato press ( http://www.leevalley.com/en/garden/Page.aspx?p=44040 )

    And I use the baby bottle sterilizer for sterilizing all the jars and lids.

    Isn’t it just awesome to make food for free? I’ve made over 100 jars this year from the neighbours apples :)

    When making banana bread, I use applesauce in place of 1/2 the bananas, and always use 1/2 apple sauce instead of butter for baking. Saves so much $.

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  30. Diana

    11/02/2014

    Yummy! I love how yours turns out pink with the food mill. I use a corer-peeler-slicer to remove the skins and cores (and then I don’t have to chop anything) since I don’t have a food mill.

    Question: have you ever broken a jar in the canner? I broke one once and it about killed me to waste an entire quart of applesauce! And now I’m kind of scared to do it again because I don’t want to go to all that work and then have more jars break. :) Is there anyway to check jars before the hot water bath, or to save the applesauce from the broken jar?

    I have also frozen sliced apples to be made into applesauce when the mood struck–it was a good way to use up apples in season but didn’t take quite as much work because that was a busy season for us.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Hi Diana,
    I have not had any jars break — but I also dump out about half the hot water after each batch and fill the canner with half cold tap water. That way it’s only “very warm” water not “boiling” water when I put the new jars in.

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    Diana Reply:

    Cooling the water like that is a *fabulous* idea. :) I will try it that way this year, because I’m going to need baby food again and don’t want to mess with thawing it :) Jars are clean in the dishwasher and fingers crossed that our little one lets me get a lot done tomorrow! :) Thanks!

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    Diana Reply:

    Worked great! Thanks :) I also love the tip about filling all the jars at once and processing them a batch at a time. I always thought you had to fill with hot sauce and process right away. Much better this way!

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    Andrea Reply:

    good, glad you had a good applesauce canning experience :) And yes, it would be WAY to hectic to try to process the jars right after filling them.

    I usually clean up the entire kitchen, wash all the dishes, put everything away, take a little break, and THEN start the canning process. It’s so much nicer when I know that’s “all” I need to do.

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