Get ready to never buy applesauce from the store again. My Azure Standard order came this last week and I was so happy to get my full order.
I made 6 quarts of applesauce, wait a minute – ORGANIC applesauce from 20 pounds. Want to know how much this cost me? Well, you’ll have to wait until I tell you how to make applesauce.
Sugar (if you need it)
Lemon juice or citric acid
To do this many apples I get out my trusty apple peeler/corer/slicer. I love this thing. My kids do too, but my two oldest were not around to help today, so it was my job today.
Peel, core, and slice all 20 pounds of apples. While you are filling your pot with the apples make sure to inspect them for any bad parts or hulls that didn’t get removed in the peeling process. Save scraps for your compost.
Fill are large pot with the apples. I use 8 cups of water for the 20 pounds of apples. Cook on medium heat until the apples are nice and soft.
Yes – some do have little bits of apple peel on them, but for us we don’t mind and the peel usually gets blended up well enough that it doesn’t matter.
See how they have cooked down – nice and soft.
Then blend with an immersion blender. Now if you don’t have one, first let me recommend the Cuisinart stick blender. If you don’t have one and you already have your apples on the stove boiling away, you have a couple other options – use a blender or a food processor Either of those will take a little extra time, and it’s a little more dangerous as you are moving hot apples back and forth. I did this last year – messy and somewhat scary.
Once it’s blended to your desired consistency taste it – add sugar only if needed. I add in 1 C per 10 pounds of apples, so I added 2 Cups of sugar. Stir to dissolve.
Also add in 1 Tbsp citric acid per 10 pounds of apples or 2 Tbsp of lemon juice per 10 pounds of apples. Again stir to dissolve and incorporate.
Now fill your jars. I’m not going to get into the process of canning here, other than to tell you – you should do it – it’s fun.
Process both pint and quart jars for 20 minutes in a boiling water bath canner.
If you have any extra applesauce, stick it in the fridge. Or better yet, give it to those sweet little kids who just got off the bus – they love warm applesauce!!!
Ok, so here’s the breakdown of cost. I bought my 20 pounds of organic apples for $12.50 – yes that’s right $12.50. I used 2 Cups of sugar, so let’s just say $1.00 worth.
So for $13.50 I canned 6 quarts of Organic applesauce. $2.25 a quart – yes a much better deal than the store. I love being frugal!!!