How to Make Applesauce

Applesauce
Applesauce. Connie Spinardi/Moment Open/Getty Images
  • Prep Time
    60 min
  • Cook Time
    20 min
  • Total Time
    80 min
  • Yield
    Varies

Homemade applesauce is out-of-this-world good, and ridiculously easy to make. If you know how to peel an apple and turn on the stove, you can make applesauce. Seriously, it's that easy. Just follow these simple instructions to make your first batch.

Ingredients

  • Apples, peeled, chopped and cored
  • Water
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice for every 12 pounds of apples
  • Sugar to taste (optional)
  • Cinnamon to taste (optional)

Preparation

1. Place the apples in a pot, and cover half way with water.

2. Bring to a boil; then, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently.

3. If you prefer chunky applesauce, use a potato masher to mash the apples to your desired consistency. If you prefer perfectly smooth sauce, run them through a food mill, blender or food processor. I like to use an immersion blender to blend my sauce because I can do all the work in the pot.

 

4. Add the lemon juice and any sugar or cinnamon that you wish to include.

To Can:

Ladle the applesauce into hot, sterilized jars, leaving 1/2-inch of headspace. Then, run a spatula or bubble remover tool around the inside edge of the jar to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims clean; top with a boiled lid; secure the band, and process in a boiling water bath – 15 minutes for pints, 20 minutes for quarts. Place the jars on a towel, and allow them to cool overnight. Then, test the jars for a good seal in the morning (press down on the lid; and if the lid doesn't pop back, the jar is sealed). Refrigerate any jars that did not seal properly.

To Freeze:

Ladle the applesauce into clean, freezer jars, leaving 1/2-inch of headspace in pint jars and 1-inch of headspace in quart jars. Seal the jars, and allow to cool completely before freezing.

Yield: 8 medium apples will make 1 quart of applesauce.

Tips:

1. For the best flavor, use more than one apple variety, and avoid sour apples like Granny Smith. Best Apples for Applesauce

2. Try substituting the water in the recipe with apple juice or cider for a richer taste.

3. Applesauce can be used as a healthy substitute for the oil in cakes, muffins and cookies.

4. Applesauce can also be used in place of the pumpkin or zucchini called for in bread recipes.

Warning:

Processing times vary by altitude. Check with your local extension office for times specific to your area, or refer to the National Center for Home Food Preservation for altitude-specific guidelines.

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