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Homemade Applesauce

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(Updated) I love this time of year. Apples are falling from the trees, bees are buzzing trying to taste the sweet or tartness of the apples. You can get so many homegrown varieties of apples right now. They may not always look as pretty as the grocery store ones but they are chemical free and handpicked. Actually, almost all apples are still hand picked in the United States.

I made applesauce for the first time last year. It was delicious. This year a friend gave me a big box of small apples from her tree. She didn’t know what kind they were. They are crisp and sweet.


I made applesauce with them. The box made 10 pints minus all the apple chunks I ate while cutting them up. I told you they were crisp and sweet my personal fave! It took some time to quarter and core them. I cut out any bad spots. Didn’t find one worm. A few holes but no actual worms 🙂 I don’t mind doing it. I usually listen to music while I work in the kitchen.

You’ll need:


1 tablespoon cinnamon ~ optional, amount would vary by your taste

2 tablespoons sucanat/sugar ~ optional, amount would vary by your taste

First, wash and rinse your apples.

Quarter and core the apples, leave on skins…yes I said I leave on the skin, after all, it’s the most nutritious part. Load into a large pot, choose the size depending on the amount of apples you have. You could do this in a slow cooker if you want. I had so many apples so I used a large stock pot.

I sprinkled the apples with some cinnamon and sucanat/sugar. The amount will depend on apples and your own tastes.

Cover and cook for a couple hours. Stirring every so often. I cooked mine for about 3 hours. They were small apples. Time will depend on the size of chunks and how mushy you want em.

Let the apples cool a bit then mash them with a potato masher. You can leave them this way if you want it chunky. I’m going to puree this batch.

Using a food processor. Puree the apples a little at a time.


The skins blend together very nicely.

Fill clean containers (I used mason jars). I put mine up in the freezer. The next batch I make I will can in a water bath. I will update when I do. There is something so beautiful about your own fresh foods in mason jars 😉


21 thoughts on “Homemade Applesauce”

  1. Debra says:

    I used to do this when the kids were little / I need to make some again! 🙂 You made me hungry for it!

  2. Joyce says:

    Just bought apples yesterday…perfect timing! The grandkids love it from a jar, but homemade? They will go nuts!

  3. Kaye Swain says:

    Oh yummm! My nearby grandkids and I love to make applesauce together. And the sweet aroma from it is especially delightful at this time of year! And my long distance grandchildren and I had such fun at an apple orchard a while back. We are still enjoying those fun family memories! Thanks for a lovely visit.

  4. Judy Haughton-James says:

    Applesauce sounds interesting Diane! I have eaten American apples and they are very nice. Thanks for linking up on Creative Monday and have a good week.

  5. Cathy@My1929Charmer says:

    I love applesauce, and I love to can. Do you freeze in the mason jars? Apples are plentiful right now so I will be doing applesauce this week! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

    1. Diane says:

      Yes I freeze in the mason jars 🙂

  6. Morgan says:

    For some reason I thought applesauce had to be pressure canned. It would be much preferred to do water bath, I put up a LOT of applesauce and I am just much better at water bath than pressure.

  7. Claire says:

    Sounds great I will have to get some apples off my mum’s tree and try this….Thanks for linking up with with us at Creative Mondays 🙂

  8. Becky says:

    I love finding new ways to make old favorites. We use the steamer pot and a food mill to make our applesauce, but I may give this way a try this fall. Thanks for sharing it.

  9. Christine says:

    There’s nothing like homemade apple sauce! YUM!

  10. Lisa says:

    I love the fall and all things apple! I can’t wait to try this recipe for applesauce. 🙂

  11. Kelley Johnsen says:

    Thank you for sharing this! We are going apple picking soon and I would love to make some!

  12. Jaime @ Mom's Test Kitchen says:

    Ok, I love your recipe! Every other recipe has you peel the apples and I did not want to sit & do that mainly because I’m lazy 😉 I will be trying this!!
    Thanks so much!

  13. Sarah @ Nature's Nurture says:

    Mmm, homemade apple sauce is my fav! And I totally agree about leaving the skin on – You don’t even notice it after it’s all mashed up, so I don’t know why we’ve been conditioned to remove the skin off of everything…it’s the best (and most nutritious) part! Thanks. I’m sharing this on FB 🙂

  14. Connie says:

    How wonderful to have a box of home grown apples given to you! I like those kinds of neighbors 😉 Thanks for linking up with me, your apple sauce looks divine, and you know how I love mason jars!

  15. Debbie Merrick says:

    The best parts are the fact we don’t need the peel all those apples. Next best part is the ease of freezing them in jars. Those fit well on the freezer doors. Thanks for sharing your good recipe and ideas.

  16. kristy @ gastronomical sovereignty says:

    ahhhh! i ADORE homemade apple sauce!!! so jealous right now. i usually leave mine chunky rather than puree it. And good on you for leaving the skins on 🙂

    p.s. can i make friends with your friend?

    thank you! xo, kristy.

  17. Mackenzie says:

    What a great recipe! Thanks so much for entering it in the Iron Chef Mom Link up/Contest last week! We can’t wait to see what chocolate recipes you have this week to share! Hope to see you again this week! 🙂
    Mackenzie from the Iron Chef Mom Team 🙂

  18. Donna Martin says:

    I did modify, but this is a great base recipe otherwise.

  19. Jennifer Shelton says:

    This is great! I have never known it is so simple!

  20. Jen Rodrigues says:

    I have always wanted to make my own applesauce. Thanks for sharing. I need to try this one out. Perfect since now its apple season.

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