Earlier I showed you my thrift shop finds. Since I found everything I needed I decided to go ahead and can for the first time.

The longer you follow me, you’ll find that I love to do things on a budget. One day I’ll post my wedding pictures. It was my goal to have a David Tutera worthy wedding for $3000. I not only did it, my husband and I had enough money left over to pay for our honeymoon.

Back to the task at hand. Budget  canning.  First, another look at my supplies.

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My 12 quart stock pot I bought at Wal-Mart a long time ago for $15.

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My funnel, tongs and rack I got at the thrift shop for about $1.

I have tons of jars left over from my wedding so no need to buy more.

First step, core, cut and peel the apples. I used Gala’s and Granny Smith’s because they were $1 a pound if you buy them in the pre-packaged bags.

I was on the phone with my bestie when I started the first apples and I totally forgot to peel the apples before I cut them.

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I had to peel each slice separately. It took almost half an hour. Never again. But finally…

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Gala’s are all prepped and ready to go.

Next onto the Granny Smith’s. This time I did it the “right” way. This time, it only took 15 minutes. Much quicker.

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And the best part about doing it the “right” way? I got a whole peel! Yes, small things excite me.

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Now it’s time cook the applesauce.

Another thing you’ll find out by following me, I don’t like to measure things. So with no measurements, here are the ingredients.

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Add that along with some water and bring it to a boil. Then cook the apples til they are at your desired consistency.

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While I was waiting for the apples to cook, which took forever because my stove cooks slow, I cut my funnel. Then I used this weird stone thing that came in my thrift shop grab bag to smooth it out. Idk what it is but, it worked.

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Finally, my applesauce is done. I like mine chunky but you don’t have to have to leave apple pieces if you like yours smooth.

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Now that the applesauce is done, it’s time to prep jars. With help from my bestie via phone, I got started. Glad I had her or I totally would have messed it up.

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I added more water and waited for it to boil. Meanwhile, I prepped my filling station. Ugh, have I mentioned how small my kitchen is? Anyways, jars are ready and it’s time to fill. After wrestling with the first jar which I dropped in the burning water three times, ouch, I used the tongs I already owned. They weren’t perfect either but, they worked.

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Now that the jars were filled with 1/2 an inch of jar space to spare, it was back in the pot. This time I only burned myself once.

Bestie looked it up for me, my altitude says my jars need to process 20 minutes. So I brought my water back to a boil and set the timer.

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Twenty cook minutes, five cooling minutes and three splash burns later, I had canned for the first time. In total I had six jars, one I didn’t water bath, I just put in the fridge to have with dinner.

So, 6 jars of applesauce cost me $7, not counting the things I already owned. Not bad for my first time, “budget canning.”

Tomorrow I move up to jelly!

Happy Canning,
Deana

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