I LOVE apples!
Homemade applesauce is just plain yummy! I make mine with cinnamon and brown sugar.
It’s a very simple process.
Here is how I do it. Keeping in mind sweetness is individual taste–I add about 1/2 cup brown sugar and then increase as needed.
Angelnina’s Homemade Chunky Applesauce
About 15 apples–I used a mixture of gala and golden delicious
approx. 1/2 c to 1 cup brown sugar–more if you prefer
1-2 tsp cinnamon-you can drop in a cinnamon stick or two if you’d like
fresh nutmeg grated
1/8 tsp ground cloves–more if you’d like
small piece of lemon peel (opt)
Peel and core your apples, then chop them into large chunks.
Throw the quartered apples into a large pot–they’ll cook way down. Add the apple cider or water. Cook and stir on medium or medium low heat, until apples become very soft–then mash with potato masher. I keep mine chunky, so I do not strain. I do remove the lemon peel piece (if I use it) and make sure the cinnamon sticks are taken out after cooking.
After they are softened, I add the sugar, cinnamon, and other spices to taste. Taste for sweetness.
Keep stirring until most of the liquid is cooked out.
In the meantime, have sterilized canning jars (I filled 4 pints) at the ready to can water bath style.
Fill jars, leaving 1/2″ head space. Place new lids on and bands–Process in your water bath canner for 20 minutes. Any jars that do not seal, can be kept in the fridge.
NOTE: If you’ve never canned before, I recommend reading the Ball Canning Recipe Book. Follow instructions closely for safety purposes.
Next I made grape jelly out of my green grapes!
In order to avoid arm wrestling the squirrels and raccoons, I decided to pick all of my grapes and put them to use.
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I smashed them with a potato masher
Strain the juice through 3 or 4 layers of cheese cloth, into a bowl
I managed to squeeze out a few cups of juice.
I cooked the juice with sugar until thickened to a syrup consistency.
I did not use pectin, so my jelly is more like a jam. Pectin would be best for jelling, but I didn’t want to waste an entire box of pectin on a few jars of jelly.
The results taste exactly like purple grape jelly–only the color is more like a peach jam.