Submitted by Becca Clayton.
Get out a big pot and fill it with apples cut in half. Put some water in the pot, just enough to cover bottom of pot with 1 inch water. Place lid on pot and cook apples until they are mushy. Process through a colander or squeezo strainer. Can up the sauce and process according to canning charts, or freeze the applesauce in freezer containers. You can use a variety of apples. You don't need to add any sugar, especially if using sweet apples. You can put cinnamon in if you want.
Apple Pie Filling
I have used this recipe to can my own pie filling. It was delicious.
about 5 lbs. apples (use more than one variety if possible)
10 cups water
4 ½ cups sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. cloves
1 cup cornstarch
Peel and slice enough apples to fill 7 quart jars. Pack the jars to within ½ inch of the rim.
Combine 9 cups water, sugar, and spices. Place on the stove on high heat. Dissolve the cornstarch in 1 cup of water and once it is dissolved add it to the filling. Stir the filling until it thickens.
Ladle hot filling over the apples until the liquid level is ½ inch from the rim. Using a knife, probe down into the jar and release air bubbles. Top off the jar with additional filling if the level falls below ½ inch from rim. Clean the jar rim and seal the jar. Boiling water bath the jars for 20 minutes. Makes 7 quarts.