Canning Applesauce

You might remember that last month, I shared my adventures canning pears for the first time.

I would almost consider myself an expert when it comes to canning applesauce--only thanks to the tutoring of my Mom and sister Celeste.  Every September/October, we get together and can our applesauce.  It is so much easier to can when you have an assembly line of sorts.  Lately Celeste and I have started panicking... Would we be able to can applesauce all by ourselves?  So this year, we took notes!  We gathered all the information we could from my Mom.

So these canning tutorials really are for me.  I needed a place to record all of the notes from my sweet Mother.  (Because after all, my Mother really is the most ingenious person I know.)  I tried to include even the most basic steps along the way--just as little reminders to myself, the canning novice.

**Once again, I realize there are all sorts of new gadgets and methods for canning.  But I am recording my Mom's traditional canning method here...


So here it goes!

We always buy our apples from Colorado's Palisade Orchards.  We wait until the apples are almost rotten.  This makes for the juiciest applesauce.  This year, we waited a good month after purchasing our apples before making applesauce.

 


While those jars are drying out.... it's time to prep the apples!

Did I mention that my nephew was our helper this time around?  He was the best applesauce-maker we could have asked for!

I've got to brag for a second.  While jars were being sanitized and apples were being washed, I think I single-handedly sliced 4 boxes of apples.  That's a lot of apple-slicing!!  I got to know my knife quite well, and didn't even slice myself once.  No oopsey daisies here!  :)

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Canning Pears

I have not always been a canning fan.

My sisters and I grew up helping my Mom can pears, applesauce, tomatoes, and peaches.  But I dreaded it.  In fact, I once fainted in a toasty kitchen while canning peaches.  While being revived, I vowed to never participate in canning again by choice.  But then I grew up.  (You may or may not know that I turned 30 over the weekend, so lately I DO feel very grown up!)

Over Labor Day, my sister made the journey to Colorado's Palisades orchards.  She returned with boxes of lovely pears and apples for the entire family!  Although I don't eat a lot of fresh pears, I love making baby food from canned pears.  I love throwing canned pears in a blender and having a meal ready to go.

I always worry that I haven't learned everything that I need to learn from my Mother.  So last week when we got together to can pears, I took notes!  So this tutorial is for me...

**Although I am sure there are many ways to can, this is my Mama's style.  I realize there are many new gadgets and methods, but this it the way my Mother has always canned.  And her Mother.  And her Mother's Mother.  So here's to keeping tradition alive!

My sister, Mom, and I formed an assembly line to cut up boxes and boxes of pears. We each took charge of 1 of these tools:

Peeler, coring tool, knife

After hours of peeling, my sister was thrilled to show off all those peelings!  That represents a ton of hard work!

Now it was time to fill those jars...

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