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emilymarie is asking: (2 answers)
So I got really ambitious and now have about 100lbs of apples sitting on my kitchen counter. I'm excited to can applesauce, but have to admit I'm a little lost about where to start. I really wanted chunky applesauce, can you still can that? Do you have to have lemon juice? And some of my apples have definitely been visited by worms, but I know of people who say use it all anyway it all gets cooked! That kind of skeeves me out, but I do want to use as much of my apples as I can. So, I need all of your wonderful opinions and experience. And if you have a good recipe that you know cans well, feel free to throw it my way! TIA!

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Last updated: Sep. 23, 2013 7:02 am
Posted: Sep. 22, 2013 8:52 am
Answered by: Keni
Sep. 22, 2013 8:59 am
You can make it as chunky as you want! :) And, you do need something to balance the pH so if not lemon or lime juice, something else to add that acidity, certainly if you are gonna can it. As for the worms, just cut out the bad spots and clean well. As long as you aren't cooking any worms IN the sauce, you shouldn't have an ick factor. ;) Good luck!!
Sep. 22, 2013 9:22 am
agee with what Keni said. Cut out the bad spots, can it chunky according to proper instructions
Answered by: AllieGeekPi
Sep. 22, 2013 9:19 am
Hi Heather, I hope these instructions from the National Center for Home Food Preservation help:
Sep. 22, 2013 9:24 am
I'm sorry emilymarie...I called you heather!
Sep. 22, 2013 10:36 am
My family and friends wait all year for dehydrated apples. If you are looking for a second thing to do with all the apples. I usually end up doing around 70 pounds to make everyone happy.
Mrs. J.
Sep. 22, 2013 10:47 am
emilymarie - I wouldn't worry about the fact that your apples have been visited by worms. I grew up on a farm with apple trees, and we just cut them out. I think it is far better to eat organic apples with worms than conventional produce with pesticides. Apples are one of the crops most contaminated with pesticides, and these are associated with learning disabilities in children. Here is a link to a report from the Environmental Working Group:
Sep. 22, 2013 1:25 pm
I would certain cut out any bad parts of the apple, but you generally cut up apples for most things you make. Use only proven, professionally written canning recipes, especially if you plan to store the result at room temp.
Sep. 23, 2013 7:02 am
Thank you everybody, I feel much better prepared to start now!
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