How to Can Applesauce

Apples!! Apples!! Apples!!

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My favorite food to preserve is apples. My kitchen smells like fall right about now. They are very easy to can and very delicious to eat.

Be forewarned!! Once you can your own applesauce, your family may not go back to store bought. Our daughters will only eat home canned applesauce, preferably chunky applesauce.

I love sinking my teeth into chunky applesauce.

Apples are easy to come by. Maybe you have a friend or neighbor with an apple tree or two who would be willing to share.   And if you’re lucky, you can find an orchard like the one I frequent. A beautiful orchard out in Amish Country. I usually get 3 or 4 bushel with each trip.
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Cinnamon Ornaments

Hey Mom! Looking for a fun and easy Christmas craft to do with the kids? Here ya go.

Making Cinnamon Ornaments has been a fun family tradition in our home for years. The Holiday Season officially begins by rolling out a batch of these yummy smelling decorations. They can take up to a week to completely dry so be sure to make them ahead in plenty of time before decorating your Christmas tree. Your home will smell fabulous!

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To make your Christmas gifts more festive tie them on packages with ribbon. Your child can give them as gifts to teachers, instructors, school bus drivers and Sunday School teachers. Make a dozen as a gift to Newlyweds to celebrate their first Christmas! So many possibilities…

C’mon! Let’s get started!

Gather your ingredients and supplies:
  • 7 bottles (2.8 ounce) of ground Cinnamon
  • 1 quart Applesauce
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of ground Cloves (optional)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of grated Nutmeg (optional)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of ground Allspice (optional)
  • Ribbon, Yarn, or Twine
  • 4 Wire Cooling Racks or Paper Bags
  • Small straw
Gather the family and let the fun begin:
  1. Blend 6 bottles of cinnamon and the other spices in a large bowl.
  2. Stir in the applesauce one cup at a time.
  3. Knead with your hands till smooth.
  4. Divide the mixture into fourths.
  5. Dust your counter with the remaining bottle of cinnamon as needed.
  6. Dust the rolling pin and top of dough ball with cinnamon.
  7. Roll each section to ¼” thickness onto the cinnamon covered counter.
  8. Cut out with your favorite cookie cutters. Gingerbread men look especially nice!
  9. Cut a small hole in the top with a small straw.
  10. Place on racks to dry. This could take up to a week.
  11. Turn daily to dry evenly. They will get lighter as they dry.
  12. Thread with ribbon, yarn, or twine.
  13. Makes about 4 dozen ornaments.
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