Fresh Applesauce

Fresh Applesauce
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Use this basic recipe for fresh applesauce and create different flavor profiles by mixing varieties of apples. See our suggestions below for the best apples to use for saucing. For added flavor, try adding cinnamon or ginger to taste.
Servings Prep Time
4 pints 20-30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 pints 20-30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Fresh Applesauce
Print Recipe
Use this basic recipe for fresh applesauce and create different flavor profiles by mixing varieties of apples. See our suggestions below for the best apples to use for saucing. For added flavor, try adding cinnamon or ginger to taste.
Servings Prep Time
4 pints 20-30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 pints 20-30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
  • 16 medium apples (approximately 6 lbs)
  • 1/2 lemon (juice and zest)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt (optional)
Servings: pints
Instructions
  1. Peel, core and slice apples.
  2. Place all ingredients, including apples into large stock pot.
  3. Bring just to a boil on medium-high heat.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring (mashing) occasionally with potato masher.
  5. Sauce is finished when apples have softened completely. Sauce will be slightly chunky. If a smoother consistency is desired, run the sauce through a food mill or food processor.
  6. Sauce may be frozen for up to 6 months, or canned following specific canning guidelines for applesauce.
Recipe Notes

Apple Suggestions:  We use at least two varieties in our sauce and can give you ideas on which varieties to combine for the best flavor and texture.  Some of our favorite apples for saucing include McIntosh, Liberty, Gravenstein, Akane, Jonagold and Melrose.  Stop in for samples and check out our Apple Variety list for information on the best apples for saucing.