Our 1st try at this and it was a huge success.
As you saw in our previous post we bought 45 lbs of apples and we were so excited to get started. To day we worked on 2 projects. One more is still in the works well post tomorrow. However Apple Sauce. YUM!!! The Braeburn apples are good, I do think sweeter ones would be better. We did have to add a tad bit of sugar to the mix but that is ok. If you get sweet apples you would never need sugar at all.
Here is the jist of the project. You will need a food strainer. We borrowed our friends. We linked you to the one very very similar that we used today from Amazon. We enjoyed this process so much, we just may have to keep our eyes out for one on sale somewhere or put it on our Christmas list.
Using our apples, we cut them in quarters. Then steamed them for about 7-10 minutes. We used a veggie steamer. And it was very hot so they steamed very quickly. Once they are steamed you put them in the food strainer, and crank and press it down into the strainer with the red tool it came with. It was the coolest thing. The apple sauce came out into my 9×13 casserole dish, and the seeds, core, skin came out the back. Chad did all the cranking. Put his muscles to work.
We ended up using 30-35 lbs of our 45lbs of apples. It gave us approximately 11 1/2 quarts of apple sauce.
We then got our quart jars hot in the boiling water in our canner. Apple sauce we heated up and added 2 tablespoons to all of the 11 1/2 quarts of sauce. We also then added 3 cups of sugar for all of the 11 1/2 quarts as well. Once the jars were hot and our lids/rings were hot, we then poured in warm applesauce with a funnel. Added our lid and ring and put it back in the hot water. The key here is, hot jar, warm apple sauce, to go into the hot water. If anything is cold going into the hot water it will crack the glass.
Once we have all 7 quarts filled and in the canner we heat it up, soon as it starts to boil. Process for 20 minutes. We then removed and letting it come to room temperature now. All the lids have “popped” meaning they are now sealed.
So you are asking what happened to our 4 1/2 quarts of sauce?? That is to find out later. But YUMMM YYUUMMM!!
It wasn’t as messy as we thought it would be, and it really helps to have 2 in the kitchen working together. I (Mary Beth) am SUPER SUPER lucky to have a husband that loves to be in the kitchen as much as I do!! We make a great team!! And now we have delicious apple sauce in our food storage!
And what to do with the other 10 lbs of apples.. we can’t WAIT. We may even have to go get more apples we have other ideas we want to do!