Try Ball®’s family favorite Apple Sauce, packed with real apples and lots of love. This homemade recipe is one both the kids and mom can enjoy because it is all natural and packed with delicious, fresh flavor, never any preservatives. This recipe is great solo or with some homemade cookies for a special treat!
7 ½ to 10 ½ pounds apples (about 22 to 32 medium)
Ball® Fruit-Fresh® Produce Protector
1 to ½ cups water
1 ¾ cups to 2 ½ cups sugar (optional)
1. PREP Wash apples under cold running water; drain. Remove stem and blossom ends from apples. Peel apples, if desired. Cut apples into quarters. Treat apples with Fruit-Fresh to prevent darkening.
2. COOK Drain apple quarters. Combine apples and water in a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat until soft, stirring to prevent sticking. Remove from heat. Purée mixture using an electric food strainer or food mill to remove peels and seeds. Return apple pulp to saucepan. Add sugar, if desired, stirring until sugar dissolved. Bring applesauce to a boil (212°F), stirring to prevent sticking. Maintain temperature at a boil (212°F) while filling jars.
3. FILL Ladle hot applesauce into a hot jar, leaving ½-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Clean jar rim. Center lid on jar and adjust band to fingertip-tight. Place jar on the rack elevated over simmering water (180°F) in boiling-water canner, repeat until all jars are filled.
4. PROCESS Lower the rack into simmering water. Water must cover jars by 1 inch. Adjust heat to medium-high, cover canner and bring water to a rolling boil. Process pint or quart jars 20 minutes. Turn off heat and remove cover. Let jars cool 5 minutes. Remove jars from canner; do not retighten bands if loose. Cool 12 hours. Test seals. Label and store jars.
Chunky Apple Sauce: Coarsely crush half of the cooked apples and purée the other half; combine mixtures. Process as for apple sauce.
Pairs well with: Short bread cookies