Still chowing on even more apples (Mommy broke down and finally gave him some pretzels as well)!
Finally (thank the Lord), we came inside to finish playing and prepping apples. I roasted most of the apple wedges in the oven at 400 degrees for 25 minutes on baking trays.
When the apples came out of the oven, I pureed them in the food processor with 1 tsp of lemon juice and 1-2tsp cinnamon to taste (per batch- whole processor full - I didn't measure).
And while that made my Cinnamon Roasted Applesauce (recipe used from HERE), I saved out other apples to make just plain everyday applesauce to be used later on in recipes, in lieu of using vegetable oil. To make this quick version of applesauce, you combine 4 cups diced/wedged apples (skinless), and about 1/3-1/2 cup water in a bowl and microwave for about 5-8min. Mash or blend to desired consistency. Mine really didn't need any sugar added, but you may want to, based on the type of apples you use. Incidentally, I forgot to ask my Grandpa exactly what type of apple we brought home from his house? Oh well. They were yummy and free, so its no matter to me.
And after a very long day, I was able to can these. Phew. Definite time commitment here. But, how I figure it: One to several days hard labor = a whole year of eating fantastic, homemade organic applesauce = well worth my time.
And ya know what? I ended up doing this whole process 2 more times, because I'm crazy, OR I just love applesauce! This is my first year of canning anything, so I'm learning the whole way. I should've done it a long time ago. But, I didn't have the time. Now that I have the time, I'm finding it to be rewarding in many ways. Thanks to my sister for the encouragement (and example) to start!
P.S. I posed as an amateur photographer today for my sister's family photo shoot. Check out her beautiful family HERE. They are all so precious to me. It was an awesome day. Thanks, Amy, for letting me be a part. So fantastic!