How long to can applesauce?

In the brief guide, we are going to answer the question ‘How long to can applesauce’ with a detailed analysis of what safety measures to keep in mind when preparing it.

How long to can applesauce?

If you are canning the applesauce in a water bath canner, it takes about 20 minutes to can the applesauce.

If you follow the instructions and get a good seal (the lid doesn’t flex when pushed), your applesauce will keep it for at least 18 months in a cool, dark place. After that, you may notice some deterioration in color, flavor, or texture, but as long as the lid is still properly sealed, it is perfectly safe to eat.

How to can prepared applesauce?

Fill jars halfway with prepared applesauce, leaving 1/2″ headspace. Scrape the inside of the jar with a small rubber spatula to remove any air bubbles. 

Clean the rims of the jars. Process for 20 minutes in a water-bath canner. Allow for a 24-hour rest at room temperature. Press down on the center of the lid: it should not pop back. If it sits flat it is safe, but if it pops back, it has not sealed properly, and it should be stored in the fridge and consumed.

If your applesauce starts to develop a foul odor, become discolored, or if you see signs of mold, these are signs of spoilage and you should discard it

How does one go about making applesauce?

  • Prepare a treatment to keep apples from browning. You can use either Fruit Fresh or lemon juice in water.
  • Peel the apples.
  • Cut the apples into medium-sized pieces after covering them.
  • Brown the apple slices by immersing them in the browning treatment.
  • Fill a large Dutch oven or stock pot halfway with apples. Only enough water should be added to prevent scorching. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. 
  • Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 20 minutes, or until the apples are tender (time will depend upon the variety of apple and their maturity). Remove from the heat and set aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly.
  • Using an immersion blender, puree the apples until smooth, or transfer the apples, in batches, to a food mill or a food processor fitted with a metal blade and purée until smooth.
  • Reintroduce the puree to the pan. Pour in the lemon juice. Fill hot jars with hot applesauce, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Air bubbles should be removed. Wipe the rim. Place the lid on the jar. Apply the band until it fits snugly around your fingertip.

What is the best way to tell if canned applesauce is bad?

Trust your instincts, as we advise in our canning guide! You can assume it’s safe to eat if you followed the instructions and got a good seal, and the applesauce looks, smells, and tastes good. Throw out any canned goods if the lid isn’t sealed or is bowing, or if mold growth is visible in the jar.

Is it possible to freeze applesauce instead of canning it?

Applesauce freezes extremely well. When freezing applesauce, make sure to use freezer-safe jars and only freeze to the freezer line on each jar.

How long does it take to process canned applesauce?

Adjust for altitude and process jars in a boiling water canner for 20 minutes. When the processing time is up, remove the canner lid and allow the jars to cool for 5 minutes before removing them from the canner to cool completely.

Is it necessary to pressure can applesauce?

With proper acidification, applesauce can be safely canned in a water bath canner. Because different varieties of apples have different pH levels (some of which are not safe for water bath canning and others that are), we recommend adding lemon juice to every batch of applesauce to be on the safe side.

What are some creative uses for homemade applesauce?

Make a smoothie with it

To your favorite smoothie, add some sugar-free sweetness and a hint of apple flavor. Our Apple Pie Spinach Smoothie is an excellent place to begin.

It can be used in baked goods

Applesauce can be used to replace some of the fat and sugar in baked goods. It adds moisture, flavor, and a nice nutritional boost. Try it in our Whole Wheat Banana Bread, Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies, and other recipes.

Give homemade food as a gift

When you begin scanning, you will quickly realize that everyone appreciates the gift of home-canned goods! Simply tie a ribbon around a jar of applesauce and call it a gift.

Combine it with burgers

Applesauce adds a touch of sweetness as well as a lot of moisture to burgers. It’s a staple in our Maple Bacon Burgers.

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In the brief guide, we discussed answering the question ‘How long to can applesauce’ with depth analysis of what safety measures to keep in mind when preparing it.