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.
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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
I had never had homemade applesauce before meeting my husband Jason & in my opinion there is no going back to store bought! 🙂
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!
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.
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
- 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)
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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 5) Run them through your apple strainer.
This is a good time to elicit help from the kiddos or your significant other 🙂 Also if you have a spill mat I would recommend putting one down to protect your floors especially with kiddos helping.
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*
6) Put the applesauce in jars or tupperware containers. Leave about an inch of space if you are canning or freezing them & make sure to get out any air bubbles before adding the lid.
If you chose to can the homemade applesauce, add the quart jars to your canner & boil for 20 minutes making sure there is enough water over the lids.
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.
It’s that easy …. & no sugar is needed!!!
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
- 1/2 bushel of apples
- 1 inch of water in the bottom of your stock pot
- 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon
1. Wash, cut and core apples (enough apples to 3/4 fill a stock pot)
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.
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.
5. Run them through your apple strainer.
6. Put the applesauce in jars or Tupperware containers. Leave about an inch of space if you are canning or freezing them & make sure to get out any air bubbles before adding the lid 7 boil them in a water canner for at least 20 minutes.