After picking our apples last week, I spent an evening making homemade applesauce. I've never made applesauce before, so it was a totally new experience for me. It was surprisingly easy and the applesauce is delicious! I made twelve jars and one is already gone! I think I'll head back up to the orchard to pick up some more apples. I don't think eleven jars will get us through the year, and I love the idea of not having to buy applesauce. It's so great to serve food to my family that I know is healthy and without any preservatives!
We started with these:
Then I peeled, cored, and quartered them and tossed them in the pot with some yummy ingredients:
Then filled jars to freeze:
The delicious result:
Next up? Using the Granny Smith apples we picked to pre-make pie filling for the holidays. Oh, and I've got a few more pie pumpkins to bake up and make puree out of. I'll freeze the puree and use it for soups, pies, and breads this fall and winter. I've already got 12 cups of frozen pumpkin puree. Yay!
Is anyone else canning/freezing/preserving this season? I'd love some more ideas!