Homemade Applesauce Recipes

Applesauce is not just for babies. Homemade applesauce is a great way to serve delicious sweet or tart apples. It is yummy as a standalone dessert, a condiment with pork or potato pancakes, or as an ingredient in many recipes. This page contains recipes for homemade applesauce.


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My grandma recently passed away. She was the best cook in the world, anyone that knew her would tell you the same thing. One of her specialties was her applesauce. I have been fiddling with my recipe for quite some time, and this is finally "almost" just like Grandma's!

This is shockingly quick to make, only cooks for 8-10 minutes. It tastes great still hot off the stove, you can also use any or all varieties of apples. I used what I had, red delicious, golden delicious, and Granny Smith.
*This is a great way to use up those apples that you forgot about and are now less than perfect.

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 7 Cups

Source: My Grandma


  • 15 smallish apples, any variety
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg


  1. Peel and quarter your apples, place them in a stock pot.
  2. Put water and spices in the pot.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes. You will want to stir occasionally.
  4. Using a potato masher, push down on your mixture only a few times to break up the very large pieces. Leave it chunky, that's what Grandma did. It's better that way!:)
  5. It is wonderful eaten hot off the stove, also very good from the fridge, freezes well too. That is if you have enough left over to do so!
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We have an apple tree that gives a lot of fruit. We don't use pesticides. Our organic beauties can start going brown more quickly once bruised. They may look ugly, but they still taste magnificent. With a little cutting and microwaving, you can have delicious applesauce in minutes.

Stores drop prices of apples once they go a bit soft. So if you don't have access to a tree, hunt for apple sales and use this technique to make thrifty applesauce.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 10 apples


  1. Remove all brown bits from apples and peel off the skins. Keep these scraps to bury in soil for compost.
  2. Chop apples into small pieces and place in a large microwaveable bowl. Cover with plastic wrap*, leaving a small space uncovered for steam to escape.
  3. Cook in microwave for 20 minutes. Remove plastic wrap.
  4. Smash with the back of a spoon, then cook uncovered for 5 more minutes.
  5. If your apples are particularly juicy, cook a bit longer. Use this applesauce for cooking, baking, spreading on toast, or as baby food.

*Make sure your plastic wrap says it's microwave safe.

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When she was still alive, my granny and I used to take the apples and cut them into quarters. We left the skin on, and the seeds in. It was fast and easy. We would fill a roaster pan full of them, and add only about one half to one cup of water.

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I lived for years near a northern California apple cider and apple juice bottler. My mom would always make apple butter and applesauce when the apples were brought in from harvesting. The easiest way to make applesauce is to take the apples, wash and peel them, cut them into chunks, put them in a pot with just a little lemon juice and water and let them cook down. Add sugar and cinnamon after you have mashed the apples with a potato masher. Easy and fast and tastes great!

By Mary C. from Newark, CA

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September 1, 2011

Which is best for applesauce, freezing or canning?

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September 1, 20110 found this helpful

Either way, if you have the storage space you could can it. Since we live in a two-bedroom apartment, and own a small apartment size freezer, I freeze some and use it in my applesauce muffins.

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September 6, 20110 found this helpful

I prefer canning. No waiting for it to thaw. :-)

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September 13, 20130 found this helpful

I prefer to can it, however I want to do a large amount this year. Wondering if anyone knows if I can make it, can what I have time for in one day and put the rest in the fridge then bring it back to a boil the next day and can the rest? Is this going to change the apple sauce too much? Do you think it will can properly if I do this?

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April 20, 2019

A great way to use up apples is by making a chunky applesauce. Using sweet apples will reduce the amount of sugar it will need. This page contains a homemade chunky applesauce recipe.

Homemade Chunky Applesauce in pan

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