Well, I finally did it! Friday, the boys and I went to her home where we all, including Grandma, peeled, cored and sliced up 6 large boxes of the hugest apples I have ever seen. She then taught me all the steps to canning and sent me home with 16 jars AND a box of apples. We had fun and I learned a lot, including that canning apples is not very difficult. I don’t know what the exact cost ended up as there was a lot of sugar involved, among other things. I do know, however, that the price of the apples was $.50/lb. I would imagine it did come out cheaper to can apples ourselves versus buying the filling or even buying a pie, but even if it didn’t, I now have a delicious dessert that takes only minutes to prepare and is just waiting in my pantry. Since I’m not real great at planning ahead for events, this is the perfect way for me to still bring or have something yummy and not spend a fortune.
If you’re interested in canning your own; here is what you do and what you’ll need:
quart jars, 6lb. make at least 7 jars worth
Canning pot with wire rack
peeler/corer/slicer or a knife
wide mouth funnel
apples, depends on how much you want to make, at least a couple boxes to start
Directions: In a large sauce pan, blend together:
4 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup cornstarch
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. salt
10 cups water
Cook and stir until thick & bubbly. About 20 minutes
Add 3 tsp. lemon juice.
Fill canning pot about halfway with water and turn on high to bring to a boil.
While the sauce is cooking, peel, core and slice about 6 lbs. of apples. Place apples in a bowl of water with 1 tablespoon of apple cidar vinegar and 1 tablespoon of salt. This will keep them from browning.
Pack jars about 1/2 full of apples, fill with sauce, more apples, more sauce until filled to 1 inch of very top of jar. It’s okay to get messy and cram in as many apples as you can, just make sure you leave enough room for the sauce to cover all the apples as well.
Load wire rack with jars and set into boiling water. Place lid on top and set timer for 20 minutes.
Now’s the time to do the dishes!
If you are like me and need pictures of each step by step process, then check out this blog post from Idaho. She did the exact same thing, but made it look real pretty.
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