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September 7, 2010

Ooh applesauce...or is it pie filling?

Applesauce with Nectarines
This is my FIRST attempt at canning...looks good, doesn't it?

I followed the guidelines from here:
How to Make Homemade Applesauce
We like chunky in our household, so I decided to skip the grinding part, left the peels on, and fed the cores to the chickens.


Coconut Oil 
10 lbs Nectarines
10 lbs Pristine Apples
10 lbs Ginger Gold Apples
Sucanat/Cream of Tartar Mix 
(1/4 tsp CT/TBS sugar)
Unrefined Sea Salt

Yield: 8 1/2 quarts

I put oil on the bottom of the pot to cover and prevent scorching.  I don't know that it was necessary, but I like to sneak it in where possible.  I filled the pot, with room to stir,  and set it on low with the lid on and went and did other things.  When it was mushy, we had some for lunch.  I just mixed in a little gelatin for protein and....viola...a complete meal.  WOW! Exquisitely yummy!  Totally NOT like anything store bought.

After lunch and with renewed motivation, I started filling jars.  I put it in my HOT jars from the dishwasher and placed them in the canner. My first batch only filled 3 jars.  My second batch filled 5 jars.  I had expected twice that amount...at least.  I suspect I may have cooked a lot of the water out.  I will  be having another go today with the rest of fruit.  I intend to have these on hand for emergency food....either the  "I'm hungry RIGHT NOW" type of emergency or the "power's out during an ice storm" emergency.  It mixes hot or cold with gelatin and can be reheated easily on the wood stove.

1 jar didn't seal due to too much space from the looks of it.  We were FORCED to eat that jar right away....with extra coconut oil and gelatin. Butter would work too.  Theses were store bought OG apples, picked under done.  I am so looking forward to tree ripened apples.

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  1. Oh, I like the addition of the nectarines in there. Sounds delicious! Thanks for linking up to t4t this week =)

  2. Hi Jen jenny, yep, I am always amazed at how things cook down when getting ready to can! Your recipe looks awesome. I am with girlichef on this one, the nectarines add a great twist! Thanks for sharing on the two for tuesday recipe blog hop! Alex@amoderatelife

  3. I love that you snuck a little coconut oil in the pan LOL! I am always sneaking a little coconut oil in things - I don't think you can get too much of it! And in my wildest dreams I never thought to eat applesauce with butter - but now I am thinking "why not?!!" Thanks for linking to Two for Tues!

  4. Hooray! It looks absolutely fantastic. Isn't it excited to see the finished product sitting on your counter or shelves? Thank you so much for linking up with Two for Tuesday.

  5. That does look very yummy - and I like the idea of the nectarines in it too! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  6. The oil in the pan is a great tip. Thanks a Latte' for linking up to the Canning Week Blog Party!