The Best Apples for Applesauce

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You can make applesauce out of any apples, but if you have a choice, go with soft apples. They'll cook down faster, and get you out of the kitchen sooner. For the best flavor, opt for a mix of apple varieties.

These are some of the best apples to use for applesauce. Put them to the test, and you're sure to agree.

11 Applesauce Apples:

  1. Braeburn
  2. Cortland
  3. Crispin (Mutsu)
  4. McIntosh
  5. Fuji
  6. Golden Delicious
  7. Gravenstein
  1. Liberty
  2. Jonamac
  3. Ida Red
  4. Rome

How to Turn Your Apples Into Applesauce

Making applesauce requires a lot of peeling and coring. If you plan to make applesauce on a regular basis, invest in an apple corer/peeler. With the turn of a handle, it'll remove the peel and core at the same time, saving you a ton of knife work. Some models will even slice the apples for you, which is better still.

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Once your apples have been peeled, cored and chopped, you're ready to start cooking them down into sauce. You can make your applesauce on the stove, or you can make it in a crockpot. Some people prefer the stove-top method because it allows you to make bigger batches; others prefer the crockpot method because it allows you to be more hands off. Both methods work well, so it's really just a matter of choosing the method that works best for you.

If you opt to make your applesauce in a crockpot, there's no need to add water to the pot.

Just pile your apples in; add a splash of lemon juice to prevent browning; then, sprinkle in any sugar or spices that you'd like. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the apples become soft enough to be mashed up. Use a potato masher for chunky sauce. Use an immersion blender for smooth sauce.

Apples are often plenty sweet on their own, so you may want to wait until you've tasted your finished sauce before you decide if it needs sugar. Want sweeter sauce, but trying to limit your sugar? Sugar substitutes can be used in place of sugar.

More Things You Can Make With Apples

Have a ton of apples on your hands? Here are some other things you can make and do with them:

Choose the Right Apple for the Job

If you plan to make a bunch of apple butter, pies or other treats while apples are in season, it helps to pick the right apple. Here are some recommendations:

And it doesn't hurt to have a big jar of homemade apple pie spice on hand during apple season, either.