Easy Homemade Applesauce Recipe with Canning & Freezing Tips

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Our family recipe for homemade applesauce could not be easier. Learn how to make your own for less than it costs to buy & it’s so much healthier! Tips on canning & freezing our recipe for applesauce too.

Easy Homemade Applesauce Recipe

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Prep Time – 10 Minutes

Cooking Time – 30-40 Minutes

Serving Size – 6-8 quart size mason jars

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I had never had homemade applesauce before meeting my husband Jason & in my opinion there is no going back to store bought! ūüôā 

A few years ago Jason’s mom gave us her old applesauce maker & the kids & I have been making applesauce every fall since.  

It is a great family tradition & everyone in our family just loves the taste of warm applesauce. 

I always have a lot of helpers in the beginning and then they start to dwindle after their tummies have been filled!

Jason’s parents picked up our apples this year at an Amish farm in Ohio.

Three bushels worth of Honey crisp apple seconds for less than $13 a bushel. You just can’t beat that price!

homemade applesauce recipe - bushels of apple seconds

How many bushels of apples to buy for a year’s worth

3 bushels of apples for our family of six is enough to make homemade applesauce to last a year while still leaving some for dried apples & apple crisp!  The only way to get apples any cheaper would be to pick from your own tree.

It has always been m dream to havea home orchard. Stop by to see how we started ours! #orchard #homeorchard #homegrown http://lehmanlane.net

We are hoping to have our own apples in a few years. We planted a small home orchard a few years ago and I can’t wait to harvest our own apple trees in a few years.  You can read more about starting an orchard (HERE).

What kind of apples to buy

We always buy seconds of apples because they are cheaper & the apples don’t need to look perfect if you are just making applesauce or using it in other recipes. 

In the past we have used Ginger-Gold, Golden Delicious, Summer Rambo, Mcintosh, Cortland, Jonagold & Honeycrisp for applesauce.  

It’s amazing how each apple has a different taste. 

Some are good for applesauce & some aren’t. 

I always ask the farm what they suggest & usually buy whatever they suggest.   However, we LOVE honeycrisp & Summer Rambo the best.

It takes me about two full days (with normal activities going) to make all the applesauce.  

Cutting & coring apples is a great workout for your arms.

Ingredients & Tools Needed for 1 Batch of Homemade Applesauce

  • 1/2 bushel of apples
  • water
  • 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon
  • large stock pot
  • cutting board, knife or apple corer
  • food strainer or applesauce maker
  • mason jars & lids

Instructions for How to Make Homemade Applesauce

  • 1) Wash, cut and core apples (enough apples to 3/4 fill a stock pot)
homemade applesauce recipe -bushel of apples

Thankfully my applesauce maker doesn’t require me to peel the apples or this process would take a lot longer! 

You can also make tomato sauce or baby food with it. 

Below is the link to the applesauce maker (food strainer) we have…

Deluxe Food Strainer and Sauce Maker by VICTORIO VKP250

Our applesauce maker (which Jason’s mom bought in 1989), has definitely stood the test of time and made lots & LOTS of applesauce!

homemade applesauce recipe - coring apples
  • 2) Throw them in stock pot with about an inch of water.  Some apples are more juicy than others…it is just important to make sure there is enough water so the apples don’t burn.  If that happens forget about your house smelling nice…it will stink for a good full day.
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  • 3) I add just a teeny bit of cinnamon to the top of the apples about a 1/2 teaspoons worth because we like cinnamon but the cinnamon is not required to make good applesauce.
  • 4) Cook the apples for about 30-40 minutes on medium high.  Stir apples often to bring soft apples on the bottom up to the top.
homemade applesauce recipe - cooked apples go through the strainer
homemade applesauce recipe - baked apples and peels in strainer
  • 5) Run them through your apple strainer.
homemade applesauce recipe - making applesauce

This is a good time to illicit help from the kiddos or your significant other ūüôā  Also if you have a spill mat I would recommend putting one down to protect your floors especially with kiddos helping.

homemade applesauce recipe - helper

Homemade Applesauce Tip to Make more Applesauce

*this year thanks to my father in laws advice we ran the apple skins back through a 2nd time & got even more homemade applesauce*

homemade applesauce recipe - aple peels after going through the strainer
  • 6) Put the applesauce in jars or tupperware containers.¬† Leave about an inch of¬† space if you are canning or freezing them.¬†
homemade applesauce recipe - applesauce in hot water canning pot

How long will Homemade Applesauce Last

I usually freeze most of the applesauce because its the easiest. I only can what I need to after my freezer is filled.

Homemade Applesauce will last a month in your refrigerator & at least 1 year when frozen or canned.

homemade applesauce recipe - apple sauce in canning jars

It’s that easy …. & no sugar is needed!!!

homemade applesauce recipe - in canning ball jars

Our family, especially Jason, loves warm applesauce on brownies…try it & you’ll see!

I hope our homemade applesauce recipe answers all the questions you have about making applesauce.

by Tara Lehman

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