Strain the cooked apples. The apples that are gathered can keep for a few weeks or even months if stored properly but the best way to extend their enjoyment is to preserve the harvest through canned homemade applesauce.
This is the time of year we should all be taking advantage of that.
How to preserve applesauce. Run the cooled applesauce through a food strainer or food mill to remove skins seeds and to smooth out the sauce. If you re using a firm container leave a small amount of headroom to keep the lid from freezing shut. You can freeze applesauce prepare shelf stable product by canning applesauce or stock up on delicious homemade snacks by making fruit leather from plain or flavored applesauce.
How to freeze applesauce. Apples turn brown when they re cut and applesauce has a tendency to do the same. If you re using a freezer bag make sure to press out any excess air.
Keep jars and lids warm until ready to use. Add in some lemon juice to preserve the color. You ll preserve the color of your apples and give your applesauce a citrus tang.
Reheat the applesauce and add spices. If you want to keep your applesauce looking fresh add 4 tablespoons 59 ml of lemon juice when you add in the sugar to your recipe. Once it is completely chilled pour the sauce into a freezer safe container.
Return the applesauce to your saucepot. Oregon and washington produce some of the country s best apples and pears. Stirred into yogurt baked into cookies or layered between crêpes are just a few of the ways we enjoy our applesauce.
Apple season is just getting good so head to your local farmers market produce stand or apple orchard and get in on this year s harvest. Taste the applesauce and add your cinnamon and any other spices. To successfully freeze applesauce first set the sauce in a refrigerator to cool.