What is your favorite activity in the fall? One of the things I enjoy most is apple picking! We used to pick apples every fall with our children; coming home with bags of apples. Our children are grown now and it is just my husband and I but we enjoy it just as much. I love making Apple Cake and Apple Pie. I also enjoy making a batch of applesauce to fill my pantry shelves with.

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Home canned applesauce.

We usually pick a variety of apples and then combine them to make applesauce. Applesauce is one of the easiest foods to preserve. Once your applesauce is made you can either can it using a water bath canner or freeze it.

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Apples just waiting to be picked,

The recipe to make applesauce is very easy. Wash, core and quarter the apples (I don’t peel them). Fill your large pot with the cored apples; add just enough water, cider or apple juice to prevent sticking.

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Place apples in a large pot.

Cook over low heat until the apples are soft. I then put the apples through a food mill to remove the skins and give the applesauce a smooth consistency.

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Using a food mill to puree apples.

While the applesauce is still hot you can add sugar and cinnamon if desired. I like my applesauce unsweetened so I don’t add any sugar. Follow the directions for canning using your water bath canner or place the applesauce in freezer containers and you will have plenty of applesauce to enjoy all winter.

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Homemade Applesauce


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