Homemade Applesauce

Don’t you just love simple things?  Applesauce is one of those simple foods that doesn’t require sugar or other ingredients.  The apple is the star, as it should be.  It is a wonderfully healthy snack or side dish that your family will love.  The texture of homemade applesauce can’t be beat with store-bought varieties.  It is smooth and creamy like pudding, and absolutely delicious.  I started making it for my kids when they were toddlers and they still love it.  It is wonderful when your little ones gobble up healthy snacks.   I hope you give this a try, you won’t be sorry 😀

Homemade Applesauce

Homemade Applesauce

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. apples (I use whatever organic variety is on special)
  • water
  • cinnamon (optional)
  • Peel and cut the apples into small to medium chunks or slices. Place them in a pot and almost cover with water. I have found that a shallow pot with a large surface works best (I use an enameled cast iron 5 qt braiser and 3 cups of water).
  • Cover and cook over medium until they are fork tender (about 25 minutes). Check often to ensure more water isn't needed. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes to soak up additional water.
  • Using a mesh strainer spoon, gently lift out the apples and place them in a blender. It is important that your blender can blend hot liquids, or you will have to use an immersion blender or let them cool first. Do not add any of the cooking liquid at first. Turn on the blender and add cooking liquid as needed to puree. Blend until very smooth. Let cool and refrigerate up to 5 days. The apple sauce is delicious on its own or with cinnamon.
  • Notes

    #1 Save the remaining cooking liquid and freeze. Use this for the next batch of apple sauce. You can also drink the cooking liquid. My little ones really enjoy it.

    #2 Serve this as a great snack for kids.

    #3 Use minimal water and use like apple butter on toast with nut butter and topped with cinnamon

    #4 If it is not sweet enough for your taste, you can always add sweetener afterwards.

    49 Responses to“Homemade Applesauce”

    1. 03/23/2017 at 9:07 am #

      Antonia, can you believe this, I just made my own applesauce this morning. Identical to yours 🙂
      It really is so easy and so much better than the bought ones 🙂 Have a great day further 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        03/23/2017 at 9:21 am #

        That is so funny! Isn’t it wonderful? I hope you have a great day too Lynne!

    2. 03/23/2017 at 9:42 am #

      Love this reminder, Antonia. When I was a kid, we lived next to an old wormy apple orchard. My mom would send us out to get the “least wormy” apples. She’d cut out the bad parts and make applesauce. It was a real treat. I’ve never tried to make apple butter – great idea. I’m going to try it. 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        03/23/2017 at 9:59 am #

        I bet it was amazing Diana, such great memories! Traditional apple butter is cooked differently and usually has sugar and an acid, but this is a nice shortcut. It will taste more on the applesauce side, but is very delicious and healthier. Have a fantastic Thursday!

    3. 03/23/2017 at 9:50 am #

      I love applesauce. Unfortunately, I’m the only one in my family who does. Fresh applesauce is the best!

      • Zoale.com
        03/23/2017 at 9:54 am #

        I do too, it is so delicious. They are missing out 😉 I hope you have an enjoyable day Deborah!

        • 03/23/2017 at 9:56 am #

          That’s what I tell them! They’re missing out! 🙂

          Hope your day is wonderful too!

        • Zoale.com
          03/23/2017 at 10:01 am #

          They really are! Thank you!

    4. 03/23/2017 at 10:53 am #

      I love making homemade applesauce too Antonia! Sometimes I’m lazy and don’t blend it together and just leave it chunky. I can see why your kids enjoy this 🙂 And speaking of apple butter, I actually made some last fall and canned it for Christmas gifts- it was a hit!

      • Zoale.com
        03/23/2017 at 11:21 am #

        It is great chunky too, for sure! Wow, I bet it was good, what a great idea for Christmas gifts! Have a fantastic Thursday Heather!

    5. 03/23/2017 at 11:42 am #

      Simple is best for sure! yumm

      • Zoale.com
        03/23/2017 at 12:13 pm #

        It really is, and lets you experience the taste of the fruit. Have a wonderful Thursday Lynn!

        • 03/23/2017 at 12:42 pm #

          yes that is always best Antonia!

        • Zoale.com
          03/23/2017 at 1:18 pm #

          It really is!

    6. 03/23/2017 at 11:48 am #

      Simple and delicious Antonia!! Love the idea about saving the cooking liquid for a drink– would be good warm! Fun recipe for this time of year… thanks! xo

      • Zoale.com
        03/23/2017 at 12:14 pm #

        My kids call it apple water and love it 😀 Thank you Rhonda! Have a fantastic day!

    7. 03/23/2017 at 2:23 pm #

      Homemade applesauce is one of my favorites!! Yours looks perfect.

      • Zoale.com
        03/23/2017 at 10:24 pm #

        Thank you Josette! Have a wonderful end to your week!

    8. 03/23/2017 at 2:24 pm #

      I made some apple sauce last year in the fall when my friends tree was loaded with apple. They were kind of tart apples which I like anyway. I added very little sugar to the sauce and some I added some cinnamon. My friends want the recipe for this year. Your recipe sound yummy

      • Zoale.com
        03/23/2017 at 10:28 pm #

        Thank you Joseph! Fall is a great time to make lots of it! Have a fantastic Friday 😀

    9. Sandhya
      03/23/2017 at 3:35 pm #

      Antonia,
      I just made a cake using apple sauce! Putting it on the blog tomorrow.
      Love your photos! The colors of the apple and applesauce both look spectacular!

      • Zoale.com
        03/23/2017 at 10:29 pm #

        I look forward to checking it out. I love baked goods with apple sauce. Thank you for your kind words Sandhya! Have a great end to your week!

        • Sandhya
          03/24/2017 at 8:50 am #

          Wishing you a fabulous weekend too Antonia!

        • Zoale.com
          03/26/2017 at 12:35 pm #

          Thank you 😀

    10. 03/23/2017 at 4:20 pm #

      This is definitely a keeper Antonia. I love homemade applesauce but never think to make my own except in the fall. Need to go get me some apples!

      • Zoale.com
        03/23/2017 at 10:32 pm #

        Thanks Julie! It’s funny, my son doesn’t like any applesauce but mine. I think he is being spoiled..lol! I hope you get a chance to try it out 😀 Have a fantastic Friday!

    11. 03/23/2017 at 5:43 pm #

      Homemade is always the best! Looks lovely, Antonia 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        03/23/2017 at 10:33 pm #

        I completely agree 😀 Thank you Freda, and have a great end to your week!

    12. 03/24/2017 at 5:10 pm #

      Great post. I always have a jar of homemade apple sauce in my fridge. I cook it regularly, and use with everything from meat to desserts.

      • Zoale.com
        03/26/2017 at 12:43 pm #

        Thanks Inese! That’s awesome, it is such a great addition to most meals and as a snack. My kids keep me making it. It is great motivation to always have it on hand 😀

    13. 03/25/2017 at 8:42 am #

      I make my own applesauce (my Grandmother’s recipe) every Fall with Cortland apples and can a bushel or two. There is nothing but the apples in mine – no sugar or spices!

      • Zoale.com
        03/26/2017 at 12:45 pm #

        That’s great 😀 Have a nice Sunday!

    14. 03/25/2017 at 3:12 pm #

      I’m not sure anyone in the UK eats apple sauce on its own – though I could be wrong about that. Most people have it as an accompaniment to roast pork, as part of a full roast dinner. The different uses are interesting.

      • Zoale.com
        03/26/2017 at 12:49 pm #

        That’s interesting Millie. It is perfect with roasted meat. We eat it here with meals, but also as a snack, especially kids. I prefer mine with some nuts on the side.

    15. 03/26/2017 at 6:28 am #

      We LOVE applesauce in my house and make lots of it in the fall when our Virginia apples are everywhere. Now it’s hard to find good local apples here and I miss it. Thanks for posting. It was a lovely reminder!

      • Zoale.com
        03/26/2017 at 12:51 pm #

        Isn’t it awesome when apples are in season locally? We find some nice apples from the West coast at Whole Foods, but nothing beats the apples in fall! You are so sweet, you’re welcome Christina! Have a wonderful day 😀

    16. 03/27/2017 at 9:14 pm #

      Homemade apple sauce s always best.. looks great😊

      • Zoale.com
        03/29/2017 at 10:46 am #

        Thanks Vidya 😀 Yes, I agree! Have a wonderful day!

    17. 04/04/2017 at 12:01 pm #

      Hope your down time is being spent on vacation. Looking forward to your return.

      • Zoale.com
        04/17/2017 at 10:12 am #

        Thank you Dr Jonathan, and I am so sorry for the late response. I have had to take a break for some family matters, but nothing bad. Thank you for your kind words. I will begin posting again next week 🙂 Have a wonderful week!

    18. 04/06/2017 at 9:11 am #

      This is a great recipe. I am so excited to prepare a homemade apple sauce! 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        04/17/2017 at 10:25 am #

        Thank you so much Agness, and I hope you enjoy it! I am so sorry for the late response, I have been away for a little while. Have a fantastic day!

    19. Liz
      04/21/2017 at 10:14 am #

      I have been meaning to make home made apple sauce ….for so long….ahem!

      • Zoale.com
        04/25/2017 at 10:26 am #

        I hope you enjoy it! My kids ask for it all the time 😀 Have a great day!

    20. 05/02/2017 at 9:26 am #

      Looks soooooo yummy….

      • Zoale.com
        05/03/2017 at 5:07 pm #

        Thanks Swapna! Have a wonderful day!

    21. 06/09/2017 at 6:49 pm #

      My Maa used to make this applesauce for my sister and me. My son is not really very fond of apples so I never tried it. The recipe seems to be nostalgic to me…bringing back the smell of childhood… 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        06/13/2017 at 8:47 pm #

        Sounds like great memories! Have a wonderful rest of your week! 😀

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