The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, can we eat it?

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You should have no problem making apple sauce and pies from your apples. I would suggest washing them well, peeling and cutting off all the bad spots, then cooking them for sauce.

The problem with canning applesauce from wind falls is that they have a higher microorganism count and the sauce will sometimes mold even when processed properly. This is why we recommend peeling apples first and then reheating the sauce to boiling before putting it into the jars before processing. If you don't want to can the sauce it will freeze well with no problems.

Only if you are going to can the apple sauce do you need to reheat the sauce to boiling. For freezing, just cool it and freeze.

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