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I make applesauce every year because it’s so much tastier than store bought applesauce, and because, well tradition. I make it and can in bulk so I’ll have enough to last the whole year.

Ingredients

2 bushels of apples

I get B grade apples from the local farm stand. The available varieties vary from year to year. I always get a combination of types of apples to get a more complex flavor. Here are some of the mixes I have done, ranked from best to worst:

Nuanced flavor with a hint of tartness (2015 and 2023)

  • Cortland
  • MacIntosh
  • Macoun
  • Mutsu

Tasty, with dominant Cortland flavor (2016).

  • 2 x Cortland
  • MacIntosh
  • Mutsu

Very tart and rich (2021)

  • MacIntosh
  • Mutsu
  • Macoun

Tasty (2014)

  • 2 x Cortland
  • Northern Spy
  • Arkansas Black

Also tasty (2019)

  • 2 x Cortland
  • Mutsu
  • Northern Spy

Complex flavor, but less tangy (2018)

  • Cortland
  • Northern Spy

A bit too liquid (2020)

  • 2 x Cortland
  • Macintosh
  • Macoun

Too sweet (2012)

  • Cortland
  • Honey crisp

A bit bland (2014 early)

  • Gala
  • Zesta

Making the sauce

The squeezo in action
  1. Wash the apples.
  2. Cut the apples into quarters or eights. Cut out moldy spots. Discard any stems or leaves. Leave the seeds and skins on the wedges.
  3. Cook them in a big pot, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Add at most a few drops of water. Cook until they are the consistency of apple sauce.
  4. Press the apples in the Squeezo.
  5. Reprocess the skins until they are completely dry.

Canning

Canned sauce and the giant canning pot

Can according to the Ball Blue Book of Preserving: Leave 1/2 inch of air at the top and boil for 20 minutes in a pot of boiling water.

I have had issues with jars cracking. The 2021 summary has some ideas of what to fix.

Photos of each step

Yearly Reports

September 2023 2 bushels -> 31+ quarts

October 2021 1.5 bushels -> 24 quarts

November 2020 2 bushels -> 32 quarts

October 2019 2 bushels -> 27 quarts

November 2018 1 bushel -> 14 quarts

2017 – no post, but I know I made applesauce

October 2016 2 bushels -> 32 quarts (post says half that, but photos look like 2 bushels.)

October 2015 2 bushels -> 32 quarts

October 2014 1 bushel -> 15 quarts

September 2014 2 peck -> 6 quarts

November 2013

September 2012 1 bushel -> 16 quarts

October 2011 1.5 bushels -> 20 quarts