This apple peeler helps. It's much easier and faster than using a carrot peeler to hand peel all those apples like I did when I canned apple pie filling.
Granny is also excited about these adventures. Grandpa is too. He's decided he wants to come live with me now that I'm getting to be a better cook and learning how to can. 2,000 miles is a bit of a deal breaker--sorry Grandpa!
I added brown sugar after the apples cooked down and a splash of cinnamon. Since my favorite way to eat apple sauce is on pork chops, I didn't want to add too much of the sweet stuff. After the mason jars were full, I added a little bit of regular white sugar to the top of each jar.
I didn't can a lot since I wanted to make sure I wasn't wasting apples if I messed this up. Fortunately, I didn't mess anything up and it turned out great! I had half a pint left over to sample and it is delicious!
I will definitely be canning more applesauce next year, as well as learning how to can jams and jellies. Let the fun continue!