DIY - Cranberry Applesauce in Glass Mason Jars
If you are new to preserving, don't worry - homemade applesauce is one of the easiest preserving projects out there and it is perfect for beginners. Check out this tasty recipe using Glass Mason Jars.
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Cranberry Sauce Recipe
- 16 oz Clear Glass Mason Jars, stock# 4032-21
- 4 lbs apples
- 4 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen (not dried)
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cloves
Peel core, and roughly chop the apples. Combine the apples, cranberries, water, and lemon juice in a large saucepan.
- Bring the liquid to a boil, turn down the heat to low and simmer the apples, covered, stirring occasionally.
- Prepare a boiling water bath and heat 4 pint-sized glass Mason jars in the water.
- When the apples are tender, about 30 to 45 minutes depending on the varieties you use, remove from the heat. Mash the apples with a potato masher. For a smoother texture, puree with an immersion blender, but leave some chunkiness.
- Add the sugar and spices and return mixture to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar and distribute the spices.
- Ladle the sauce into the clean, warm jars leaving 3/4 inch of headspace at the top of the jars.
- Run a thin plastic or wooden utensil, such as a chopstick or a knife, around the inside of the jars to release any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a damp cloth to remove any residue.
- Place the lids on the jars and screw on the rings just until you feel resistance.
- Process the jars in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes. Allow to cool in the water for 5 minutes before removing.
- Store in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year.