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Homemade Applesauce Recipes

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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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By 15 found this helpful
December 23, 2014

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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By 2 found this helpful
October 2, 2011

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. We would add about a cup of sugar, and a whole package of red hot candy. We would put it all into the oven.


After the apples were cooked through, we would put them through the colander. Our colander was the kind that looked like a regular sauce pan except it had an extra handle on top that we would turn and turn. There was a press inside the pan that pushed the cooked apples through holes, therefore leaving most of the skin and the seeds in the pan that we added to the compost. The applesauce had a nice pinkish hue and it was delicious!

By hopeful from Salem, OR

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By 2 found this helpful
October 2, 2011

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, 20110 found this helpful

Which is best for applesauce, freezing or canning?

By Mary


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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