This is a long overdue project of mine. I’ve always wanted to can my own food and I’ve been collecting all kinds of recipes for canning but I never got to do it. So yesterday I decided that I wouldn’t let the pile of apples in my pantry go bad so I found a simple recipe for apple sauce and got to work. I had to change the recipe a little because I wanted a simple unsweetened apple sauce and the recipe called for cinnamon, honey, and vanilla (?). So here’s what I did:
I washed my apples – I’m not sure how many apples I had, I just grabbed whatever was in the pantry – cut them and peeled them. I placed them in my slow cooker and added 1/2 cup of water. I also added the juice of 1/2 lemon. I added the lemon because I wanted the sauce to be lighter in colour. Otherwise the apples change colour as they cook and become darker. I turned the slow cooker on High and cooked the apples for about 4 hours. When they were done, I turned off the slow cooker and stirred the apples. There was quite a bit of juice from them which is great. I used my immersion blender to puree everything. The juice actually helps make the sauce smooth and flavourful. So leave it in while blending. I like the apple sauce to be smooth and not chunky. It’s also easier when I bake with it or give it to the kids.
I had washed my Mason jars so I just filled them up with sauce leaving about 1/2 an inch to the top. I placed the lids on and screwed them on without tightening them too much.
In a big pot I poured water and set to boil. When you boil the jars it’s recommended that you put some sort of a mesh on the bottom of the pot so they don’t touch the bottom or each other. Otherwise they may break. I didn’t have a mesh or a canning rack so I used graters that I had bought from IKEA. You know the ones that you put on a container and when you grate the cheese falls directly in the container? 😀 Placing them at the bottom of my big boiling pot helped a lot because once the water was close to boiling I placed the jars on them. That way there was free flowing water under the jars and around them. Make sure the water covers the jars. Add boiling water if necessary to cover them.
I boiled them for 7 minutes. I turned off the heat and took the jars out. I didn’t have a special tool to take them out so I used a thong and a potato masher haha 😀 Just be very careful because the water may still be boiling and super hot.
I placed them on a towel upside down and let them cool completely. Done! 😀 I licked the spoon and oh wow!!!! super delicious. 😀