Canning Golden Delicious Applesauce
My friend recently let me “store” his all-grain beer making equipment. We were brewing a batch of beer one evening not long after he dropped it off and I had the idea this setup would for be perfect for canning. So, today was the day to put up some ‘sauce and I couldn’t wait to try the rig out!
The tower exceeded all of my expectations. First, I got to can outside! I didn’t have to heat up the house on an already warm day. Secondly, the three burner system proved to speed up the process immensely. On my stovetop I only have room for two large pots; one for cooking the apples and one for the hot water bath. Today, I was able to cook the apples, sterilize jars and do a water bath all at once. And, once I got all the jars sterilized, I was even able to add a second hot water bath to speed up my canning!
Hot Water Bath
Here are a few pics of this year’s station. As you can see I now use a Victorio Food Strainer which is a nice luxury (you can check them out HERE). Normally, when one is cutting up apples for sauce they’d have to be careful not to let seeds or stems into the batch, but with a food strainer you can run seeds and all through and it does the job of separating all the solids from the sauce.
Today’s canning was very quick, efficient and a lot of fun. I started with a bit over a bushel of apples and net about 22 quarts of sweet and delicious applesauce!