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Freezing applesauce?

I'm going apple picking on Saturday, and was planning on making homemade applesauce afterward.

Can applesauce be frozen? I know there's no way I can eat it all at once, and was thinking if I could freeze it now, I'd have it during the winter when my fruit consumption tends to plummet.

What types tend to be best -- could I use Cortlands?

Also, does anyone know if pears would still be in season? I may go to a different farm if it means I can pick pears.


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Sep. 29th, 2005 09:31 pm (UTC)
We freeze our applesauce. My mom just made a ton but I'm not sure what kind of apples she used. There's nothing like homeade apple sauce! :)
Sep. 29th, 2005 09:37 pm (UTC)
You can freeze apple sauce safely. It's mostly water. It might be a little watery when you are done though.

The best apples for apple sauce are apples that don't break down too much in cooking. Anything that you would use for an apple pie you could use for apple sauce.

I know that it sounds kinda counter intiutive to not use apples that break down. However if you use something like a macintosh that does break down, you won't end up with any texture in the final product. The cell walls will break down and you will have apple goo. Which can be OK if that's what you want but not OK if you want apple sauce.

Pears should still be in season and can be made into pear butter or added to the apple sauce for an apple pear sauce.
Sep. 29th, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC)
Personally, I think mcintosh apples make the yummiest applesauce.
Sep. 29th, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
mmm seconded! I miss living in new england and picking them fresh off the trees. The only McIntosh apples I can get down here in goergia are usually bruised and battered. Sad indeed.
Sep. 29th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC)
The traditional way to preserve applesauce is canning. No pressure canner needed, just a boiling-water bath, so it should be pretty easy. And that way you can save room in your freezer for other stuff! You can google for instructions, or contact your local Cooperative Extension office.
Sep. 29th, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC)
Canning sounds interesting, but I'm worried about start-up costs. How much do supplies usually run?
Sep. 29th, 2005 10:22 pm (UTC)
Canning supplies shouldn't cost too much. I usually buy half-pint jars for jam, and that runs about $7 for a dozen--quart jars for applesauce might be about $10? If you've got a deep pot already, you can use that for the boiling water bath. A few years ago I broke down and bought a canning pot that had a lift-out rack; I think that was about $13. You may be able to find all this stuff used at Goodwill or Value Village, too.

I also bought a little canning accessory kit several years ago, that has tongs, a widemouth funnel, and a little stick with a magnet at the end for lifting lids out of boiling water. I don't remember how much it was, but it was cheap, like $4 maybe. None of those things are necessary, but are handy to have.

Canning is fun! I love preserving foods--it makes me feel like a pioneer or something.
Sep. 29th, 2005 10:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, and since you live in NY, your local Extension office will be run by Cornell, and they are FABULOUS. Generally speaking, anyway. Hopefully you won't run into a bad apple (har-har-har).
Sep. 30th, 2005 12:11 am (UTC)
my gramma used to make the best pear sauce in the world. she died before i could get the recipe. am gonna google now, but its an idea of you go...
Sep. 30th, 2005 03:54 am (UTC)
I love homemade applebutter, it makes the whole house smell wonderful. I make it in a big crock pot and then can it.

I cook to taste so:


It takes a lot of spices to get it the dark brown color that is so yummy. I tend to let it cook at least overnight and sometimes a bit longer. Then I can it the next day.

Make a lot more than you think you will need, it cooks down a lot.
Sep. 30th, 2005 11:46 am (UTC)
yes freeze it. Measure it out in apple pie/crumble sized portions and then you can just defrost what you need :D
Sep. 30th, 2005 01:46 pm (UTC)
why not can it?
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