We took a family trip to Gilcrease Orchard yesterday to pick pumpkins and apples.

It was a gorgeous day outside! And Addison had a blast running all over the farm. She found all kinds of treasures…

like golden eggplants…
and beets…which she somehow thought should be a necklace…weird kid.

I didn’t really PLAN to pick apples, but once I saw them all hanging from the trees, I couldn’t resist. They just don’t get any fresher than that! I found this recipe on a blog I really like called Food in Jars. Here is is for your apple canning pleasure :)

Spiced Apple Sauce

about 4 lbs apples
1/2 cup apple cider
2 pieces star anise
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
sugar to taste

Quarter apples. Do not peel. Place in a large pot. Add cider. Bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer for about 20 min. Skins will peel off easily and can be lifted out with tongs…or just peel and core them like you’re making apple pie. **I tried this method and found it to be more time consuming than just taking the time to peel them in the first place…just FYI…

Mash apples with a potato masher until desired consistency is reached. Add spices and stir well.

Fill hot, sterile jars. Process 15 minutes for pints, 20 minutes for quarts.

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