I miss living in North Carolina or Michigan. Fall meant a trip to the apple orchard. Not many apple orchards here in Florida. So, when I saw a good sale at Winn-Dixie for apples, I picked up 20 pounds of them! Four different varieties were on sale so, we got about 5 pounds of each: Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Macintosh, and Braeburn. I had wanted to try homemade applesauce when we lived in North Carolina, but didn’t have the money to buy canning supplies.
Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce
We bought canning jars from Walmart, but they aren’t the greatest quality. I love the quality and durability of Mason jars.
My husband and I set up an assembly line. I washed the apples and peeled them. My husband cored and sliced them. We placed the apples into a mixture of lemon water so they wouldn’t brown too much. We had bought an apple corer awhile ago but it broke, good thing I have a willing husband!
I decided to puree mine in a food processor, but if you like it chunkier you can just use a potato masher.
We did three batches of this recipe and we are going to can them since we can borrow my mother-in-law’s canner! Yum!
- 6 LBS Apples Peeled, Cored, and Cut into 8 slices
- 1 Cup Apple Juice
- 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
- 2 Whole Cinnamon Sticks
Combine all ingredients in a large pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes.
Remove cinnamon sticks.
Carefully puree in a food processor or blender (don't fill too full; split into two portions if needed) until smooth.
What is your favorite thing to do with applesauce?
Recipe adapted from the Pioneer Woman.