Today we will show you how we made homemade applesauce. I had to make something as I had just got my food mill in preparation for the boy coming and I wanted to be able to make baby food (at the time I did not realize how long it would take to get him to the stage to actually eat baby food). This recipe did not turn out as good as I had hoped, but it is because I used too much water. Take that into consideration and DO not add water like I did in the video.
- Sugar (if needed)
- Select the apples
Get apples that are sweet, like Red Delicious, Gala, Fuji, Winesap, McIntosh, Yellow Delicious, or Mutsu. You’ll get about 12 to 16 quarts of applesauce per bushel of apples. Count on 12 or 13 quarts per bushel.
- Wash and chop the apples!
Chopping them is much faster if you use one of those apple corer/slicer – you just push it down on an apple and it cuts it into segments. don’t peel the apples!
- Cook the Apples
Put about 1 inch of water (I used either filtered tap water or store brand apple juice) on the bottom of a huge, thick-bottomed pot. Put the lid on, and the heat on high. When it gets really going, turn it to medium high until the apples are soft through and through.
- Sieve the cooked apples
This is where I messed up, I did not strain the apples and just dumped the mixture in my food mill. It made a lot of good juice, but it was more like thick cider.
Put the applesauce into a large pot. Add cinnamon to taste. You should not need to add any sugar.
The applesauce does not need any further cooking, but you can can it if you want.
Pints for 8 minutes at 6 pounds (0-2000 ft) Quarts for 10 minutes at the same pressure.