1Prepare and process home canning jars and lids according to manufacturer’s instructions for sterilized jars. Keep jars hot.
2Wash apples, peel, core, and cut into halves or quarters. Note: For chunky applesauce, wash, core, peel and chop apples into 1/4-inch pieces. Follow cooking instructions, do not puree and proceed to sugar addition step.
3Combine prepared apples and water in a large non-reactive saucepan. Do not use aluminum. Cover and bring to a boil.
4Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 20-30 minutes or until apples are soft. Stir occasionally.
5Puree or mash apple mixture. NOTE: For chunky applesauce, do not puree. Measure apple mixture into a large non-reactive saucepan. Add up to 1/4 cup sugar per 1 cup of apple mixture. Stir in Mrs. Wages® Spiced Apple Mix until combined. Heat just to a boil, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Ladle hot apple mixture carefully into hot jars, filling evenly. Leave 1/2-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles, wipe rim and cap each jar as it is filled.
6Process pints 15 minutes**, quarts 20 minutes**, in a boiling water bath canner. Turn off heat, carefully remove canner lid and let jars stand for 5 minutes in canner. Remove jars. Let jars sit undisturbed to cool at room temperature for 12 to 24 hours. Test jars for airtight seals according to manufacturer’s directions. If jars do not completely seal, refrigerate and consume within 1 week.
7Product is ready to eat after 24 hours. Store properly processed shelf-stable product in a cool place, and use within 1 year.
*Suggested apples: Fuji, McIntosh, Jonagold, Rome, Cameo, Jonathon, Red Delicious, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady. Look for flavorful, aromatic and firm apples and always use a mixture of varieties when canning.
**Processing time listed is for altitudes less than 1000 feet. At altitudes of 1000 feet or more, increase processing time 1 minute for each 1000 feet of altitude.
Mrs. Wages Safety notes:
For canning safety, always consider your local altitude when calculating accurate processing times. Read this USDA guide for proper food safety and canning processing guidelines or consult the National Center for Home Food Preservation’s Guide 1 Principles of Home Canning. Also, prepare and process home canning jars and lids according to manufacturer’s instructions for sterilized jars. Keep jars hot.
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