This Homemade Applesauce Recipe is just simply delicious! In our house, growing up, my mother and grandmother would can homemade applesauce, so every August the aroma of cooking apples and cinnamon would fill the kitchen
Making applesauce was always a labor of love in our house. As a family we would head out to the apple orchards for fresh apples and apple cider.
This is my grandmother’s treasured recipe, which has been lovingly handed down through our family. It is easy to make and delicious to serve. We are excited to share it with you.Jump to Recipe
What kind of apples to use for a Homemade Applesauce Recipe
Growing up in northern California, Gravensteins apples were easy to find at the end of summer. They have a short season, so if you live in that area look for them at your local farmers markets late August through September.
These apples are perfect baking and cooking apples, because they are crisp and tart with a hint of honey. They cook down easily which makes them ideal for baking, cooking into applesauce, or pressing into cider.
We know Gravensteins apples aren’t available everywhere so here are a few apple varietals we recommend because they work well for cooking and baking, and they are available almost everywhere.
- Honeycrisp – These apples are crisp, juicy with a sweet tart flavor. They are ideal for baking and applesauce.
- Gala – Among some of the best apples to use for applesauce and cider. These apples have a milder flavor, and are crisp, but sweet.
- Golden Delicious – This varietal is the best overall cooking and baking apple. With a mild rich flavor it still adds the sweetness you want in a cooking apple.
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Ingredients for our Homemade Applesauce Recipe
- Gravensteins, Honeycrisp, Gala or Golden Delicious apples (6 lbs)
- Apple juice or cider
- Ground Cinnamon
- Ground Clove
How to make Grandmother’s Homemade Applesauce Recipe
- Throughly rinse the apples and pat dry
- Peel and core each apple. Because we peel numerous apples my family used an automatic peeling machine. (More on that below)
The Dazey Stripper brand automatic peeler was retired years ago. However, mom’s is still going strong! There are many on the market today and we like the Electric Peeler Rotato Express 2.0 that does the same job, and also works great for pears and potatoes.
Trust us, if you love apple recipes such as pie, cider, and applesauce it’s worth it because it saves so much time and labor!
- After the apple are peeled and cored (we love the Deiss PRO Apple Slicer and corer) place the cut pieces in a water bath and add Fruit Fresh Produce Protector to the water. This keeps the fruit from browning and will protect the flavor while you continue prepping the rest of the apples.
We chose Ball’s Produce Protector because it contains antioxidants but no artificial flavors or colors.
- Drain the water off of the apples and place them in a 6-quart cooking pot.
- Pour in apple cider or juice.
- Cook over low heat until the apples are soft and easy to mash. This generally takes about 15 to 20 minutes.
To make chunky applesauce, which we prefer, we use a potato masher and mash to get the consistency that you want. Again, we prefer our applesauce with some larger chunks of apples remaining in the sauce.
To make a smooth puréed applesauce. Use a regular blender on a medium speed, or a stick blender, to blend the sauce to a smooth consistency. Once blended return to the 5 quart pot and continue cooking.
- Once the sauce has reached the desired consistency mix in sugar, cinnamon and dash of cloves.
- Over medium high heat bring the mixture to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low and let applesauce simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Taste test the flavor after 15 minutes. At this point you can add any additional spices, if desired.
- Applesauce is now ready for canning, serving, or freezing.
- Canning should be done while applesauce is still hot.
- If you decide to refrigerate or freeze then let applesauce cool at room temperature before storing.
- We like to drizzle the warm applesauce over vanilla ice cream! Who can resist?!
How long can you keep Homemade Applesauce?
There are several simple ways to safely store Homemade Applesauce:
- Refrigerate: Applesauce can be refrigerated in an airtight container for a week to 10 days. Stir well before serving.
- Freeze: You can freeze applesauce in airtight containers or bags. Make sure you leave room for expansion at the top of any container. Applesauce will keep well frozen for 8-10 months. Once frozen you will need to thaw the applesauce. Simply remove container from the freezer and place in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.
- Water Bath Canning – We use glass mason jars for canning. Once canned you can safely store applesauce up to 18 months. Never tried Water Bath Canning? It’s a super fun project and easier than you think. Hop on over and read our Printable step-by-step guide to canning.
Check out our step-by-step method for Water Bath Canning
Looking for more Fall favorites?
- Cinnamon Baked Pears are a cinch and the perfect Fall snack
- Easy Apple Crisp Recipe is a great way to use up those extra apples!
- Pear and Walnut Cake Recipe bring warm fall flavors together
- Cherry Almond Muffins are perfect for breakfast or a quick snack
- Don’t forget to jump start your day with our Pumpkin Spice Latte
Homemade Applesauce Recipe
- 6 pounds whole apples Weight before peeling and coring
- 1 cups apple juice or cider
- 1½ cup sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 dash clove
- Throughly rinse the apples and pat dry.
- Peel and core each apple. Because we are peeling numerous apples my family used an automatic peeling machine.
- After the apple is peeled and cored place the pieces in a water bath with a fruit fresh produce protector added to the water. This keeps the fruit from browning and will protect the flavor while you continue preparing the rest of the apples.
- Drain water off apples and place them in a 5 quart cooking pot.
- Pour in apple cider or juice.
- Cook on low heat until apples are soft and easy to mash. This takes about 15-20 minutes.
- To make chunky applesauce we use a potato masher to get the consistency that we like. We prefer our applesauce with larger chunks of apples remaining in the sauce.
- For have smooth pureed applesauce use a blender on a medium speed to blend the sauce to your preferred consistency. Then return to pot and continue with cooking.
- Once the sauce has reached the desired consistency add in sugar, cinnamon and dash of clove.
- On medium high heat bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat let applesauce simmer for 20 – 30 minutes.
- Taste test after 15 minutes, At this time you can add any additional spices, which is optional.
- Applesauce is now ready for canning or freezing. Canning can be done while applesauce is still hot. If you decide to refrigerate or freeze let applesauce cool completely before storing.