A simple tutorial on how to can applesauce in 4 basic steps. This is so simple that anyone can do it, and our family will enjoy applesauce all year round!
First peel, core, and cut your apples into slices. (An apple peeler/corer/slicer may come in handy for this part, but you can do it by hand.)
At this point you can add a little extra water if you need to, depending on how thick or thin you want your applesauce. I like to reach the consistency of slightly runny pudding.
You can also add sugar at this point, depending on how sweet you want your applesauce. Add a little at a time and taste it until it's how you like.
The applesauce will also sweeten over time, in the jars, so keep that in mind when adding sugar. I use white granulated sugar because brown sugar makes the applesauce dark, but either will work.
Fill your jars with applesauce leaving 1/2'' of headspace. Use a small rubber spatula to scrape down the inside of the jar and remove any air bubbles.
Wipe jar rims clean. Don't skip this step! Place lids and rings securely on the jars.
Process in your water bath canner for 20 minutes (for altitudes less than 1,000 ft). Adjust cooking time for your altitude, if necessary. For more details, follow water bath canning instructions : http://www.simplycanning.com/water-bath-canning.html )
Canned applesauce is good for up to one year when stored in a cool, dark place.