School has started and the fall weather is coming. Two weekends ago my husband and I picked apples from our tree in the backyard. We had fun picking, chopping and deworming the apples (filling a huge soup pot to nearly overflowing). They are small but delicious. We knew that we could not eat all of them before they went nasty. We decided apple sauce would be a perfect idea. In the morning I added some water to the pot and let it go.
12 quarts apples, chopped - dewormed - and seeded
2 cups sugar
2 1/2T apple pie spice
Place all in a large pot and simmer for about 1 hour on medium heat until apples start to mush up. Place pot on a hot pad. Scoop hot mixture into a food mill. Puree through there, removing all missed seeds and skins. (This will make about 4 quarts sauce). Add sugar and apple spice seasoning to mixture. Stir until sugar dissolves (taste and add more sugar if needed). Place applesauce on stove and heat until really hot again. In another large pot boil canning jars. In a separate smaller pot the lids. Place hot apple sauce in HOT jars and seal. Hopefully the jars will "ping' meaning they are sealed. If they don't, just freeze.