Kids of all ages will love this delicious homemade apple sauce -- mix it into baked goods or stir it into yoghurt for a healthy snack
- 36 medium apples, peeled, cored, quartered and tossed in lemon juice to prevent browning
- 3 cups granulated sugar, optional
- 4 tbsp lemon juice
- 8 x 500ml glass preserving jars with lids and screw rings
- Heat the jars and lids in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil.
- Combine the apples with just enough water to prevent sticking in a large stainless steel saucepan. Bring to a boil over a medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and boil gently, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 20 minutes, until the apples are tender (time will depend on the variety of apple and their maturity). Remove from the heat and let cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
- Transfer the apples, working in batches, to a food mill or a food processor fitted with a metal blade and purée until smooth.
- Return the apple purée to saucepan. Add sugar, if using, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over a medium-high heat, stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Maintain a gentle boil over a low heat while filling the jars.
- Ladle the hot apple sauce into the hot jars leaving 2cm head space. Remove any air bubbles, wipe the rim and centre the lid on the jar. Screw on the rings.
- Process the jars in a stock pot for 20 minutes. Remove the jars and cool. Check the lids for a seal after 24 hours -- they should not flex up and down when the centre is pressed.
Notes: Thanks to Ball Home Preserving for this delicious homemade apple sauce recipe! Find more recipes at freshpreserving.co.za.