Oct 4

Classic Homemade Applesauce

Homemade Applesauce Recipe

Our recent CSA deliveries have been filled with an array of gorgeous organic apple varieties, so we've been enjoying plenty of these healthy apple muffins, apple German pancakes, and this classic homemade applesauce recipe.

I love easy recipes like this that my kids just gobble up! Added bonus -- applesauce is one of those sides that goes well with anything.

I did try something a little different with the batch I made today. I read about how Amy at The Finer Things in Life doesn't peel her apples when making applesauce, so I gave it a try.

Unfortunately the results were mixed in my household. The peels didn't quite melt into the applesauce all the way, so a couple of my kids weren't keen on the added texture. We'll probably go back to peeling our apples, but if your family likes applesauce on the chunky side, by all means save yourself some work!

If you don't have an immersion blender, now would be a great time to add one to your Christmas list! I have this Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender, and I absolutely adore it. You could certainly find a cheaper alternative, but I think it's worth every penny.

This recipe makes quite a bit, but the good news is it keeps in the refrigerator for up to a week. Or you can freeze it for up to a year!

Classic Homemade Applesauce

Classic Homemade Applesauce


  • 4 lbs. apples of your choice (approx. 13 medium apples)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Core, peel (optional), and cut the apples into chunks.
  2. Place apples and the rest of the ingredients in a large pot.
  3. Bring to a boil. Then cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat. Blend with an immersion blender or puree in batches in a food processor.


I'm participating in 31 Days of 2012 this October with Nesting Place and a whole lot of other bloggers. Find all of my 31 Days of Homemade posts right here!

by Tara | 13 comments

  • http://aspicyperspective.com Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

    Luckily I have an a bushel of apples just waiting to be sauced!

  • http://foodformyfamily.com/ Shaina

    I love homemade applesauce. We just had a jar over waffles the other night. So good.

  • http://www.food-ramblings.com Elizabeth @Food Ramblings

    Yum! I've never made homemade applesauce- looks great!

  • http://www.bellalimento.com Paula – bell’alimento

    I can smell this cooking right now. Love.

  • http://bakeyourday.net cassie

    I love making things like applesauce from scratch. And I'm with Paula - I bet your house smells amazing!

  • http://addapinch.com Robyn | Add a Pinch

    Oh my goodness, I bet your house smells heavenly, Tara! Yum!

  • http://eclecticrecipes.com Angie

    This looks so comforting, great for this time of year!

  • Sally Hutsell

    If you have a food mill (I have an old fashioned Foley Food Mill), put the apples (with peels) through that. Then you get the color and vitamins in the peel without the peels being in the applesauce.

    • http://unsophisticook.com Tara @ Unsophisticook

      Thanks for the great suggestion, Sally! I do have one -- now I just need to figure out which box it's in in the basement. I still have unpacked boxes down there from when we moved a year ago... *blush*

  • Terry

    I make applesauce every year. It is so easy! I don't add any sugar or spices - straight applesauce. It is very helpful to victorio strainer to mash the apples. All you have to do is cut the stem and blossom ends off, cut up the apples, cook them down, and put them in the strainer. As you turn the crank, the skin and seeds come out one way and the applesauce the other way. I then use a water bath canner to can the jars. Here is one from amazon.com. You can also google it and see how it works. http://www.amazon.com/Victorio-VKP250-Model-Strainer-Sauce/dp/B001I7FP54 You can also use an old fashioned food mill. It is more work but still makes great applesauce!

    • http://unsophisticook.com Tara @ Unsophisticook

      You know, I think my mom might have one of those, Terry. Thanks for reminding me of it -- I'll have to ask her!

  • Jen

    I just bought 18 pounds of red delicious apples. I have made sauce before, but haven't used red delicious before. Has anyone?

  • http://www.missinthekitchen.com Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

    My apple bounty is here and I can't wait to make applesauce to enjoy all winter long. Beautiful photos!

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