I’m not a huge fan of applesauce, so these weren’t for me. These were for a friend’s kids, and they loved them. Heck, I liked this applesauce a lot more than normal, but I turned MY apples into pie filling. Because, well, pie! This is a pretty simple recipe. I got the base recipe from Passionate Homemaking, and then added my preferred spices and lemon juice for safer canning. You quarter apples, cut out the seeds and cores, blend them with water, then heat the sauce with spices until warm, and can them. Simple, healthy applesauce, whenever you want it!
Start by quartering and coring your apples.
Blend them together with 1/4 cup water per batch and whatever spices you like. I used brown sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger. Add in lemon juice for safety, and blend.
I’m giving you the amount per 4 cups of apples, feel free to scale as necessary. We had something like 20 pounds, it was a huge project. Anyway, put all the sauce into a stockpot and heat to warm over medium heat.
Prepare a water bath canner, pour into sterile jars, add hot lids and turn finger tight, then process for 20 minutes for quart jars, 15 minutes for pints.
Home Canned Spiced Applesauce
- 4 cups apples
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Peel and core apples, If desired, slice apples into water containing ascorbic acid to prevent browning.
Place 4 cups drained apples along with water, lemon juice, brown sugar, and spices in a blender. Puree.
In a medium to large stockpot, heat applesauce to boiling over medium heat while preparing water bath canner, lids, and jars.
Ladle boiling sauce into sterilized jars, wipe rim, add hot lids, turn rings finger-tight, and process in a boiling water bath for 20 minutes for quarts and 15 minutes for pints.