I am not a master canner by any means! I am still learning so please learn with me but double check times for your area. Do your research. I can't be responsible for anyone getting sick from improperly canned food. That said it's not as hard as you think. I find it no difficult than cooking just takes a bit of time. I have both a Kerr and Ball cookbook (the canning giants) that I reference. Alright enough of that on to the main attraction. :)
When the apples started to soften I added cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. All optional. I like these flavorings so I just added to taste. When I tasted it I figured I needed more sugar and added it. My Granny smiths were very tart and it needed quite a bit of sugar! If you use a different apple you may not need as much. I cooked it until the apples were soft and started to fall apart a bit when you stir it. It looks like applesauce. If it is too thick add a little water. Mine made a chunky style sauce if you want it more like store bought you can mash it or put it through a food mill.
It is ready now! You can eat it right away and can the rest if you want :) Of course you need clean jars and another big pot for water. Apples go through a boiling water bath. That's pretty much all I use this big black pot for...
I used quart jars. Fill them and put lids on and into the big black pot they go...
They go into the boiling water bath for 20 minutes. By the way the applesauce should be hot when packed into jar. I was so happy to add this to my pantry! One day I hope we have our own apple trees.
Here's my pantry. We are slowly working to have more home canned foods and less store bought. So far I have peaches, applesauce (jars in front), pickled peppers, and relish. Most of this will be gone by summer and I'll be working to put up our harvest. We are trying to steer away from freezing foods to save freezer space so we will be canning much of what we get. I keep an eye out for deals on fresh fruit and buy in bulk to can. That's where the peaches came from. I like canning over commercial as then I know what's going in it and can adjust amounts for what works for us.
Happy canning... I'll keep you posted on what I do can. And try to remember to take pictures.