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Homemade Applesauce Recipe

There is nothing like Homemade Applesauce both in flavor and texture. If you use ripe apples to make applesauce, you don’t even need to add sugar. Learn how to make applesauce with incredible fresh apple flavor.

We love fresh apples but they taste even better as Baked Apples, or as Apple Turnovers. Simmering apples into homemade applesauce is like enjoying the filling to our favorite Apple Pie – yum!

Homemade applesauce in a bowl surrounded by fresh apples

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Applesauce Recipe

It’s easy to make a large batch of applesauce (this recipe makes 8 pints) and homemade applesauce is the sweetest gift for Christmas! We included instructions on how to can applesauce which is perfect for gifting. Homemade gifts are something I treasure both to give and to get. It’s such a thoughtful way to share holiday cheer.

P.S. If you’re looking for more homemade gifts, don’t miss our Vanilla Extract Recipe (with free printable labels).

Apple sauce recipe in jar with spoon

The Best Apples for Applesauce:

Since applesauce cooks down to almost a puree, the type of apple you use is not critical, but it is a fun way to change up your applesauce flavors and a treat to try different varieties of apple sauce which you can’t really get from the grocery store.

My parents have a small orchard on their property and had a bumper crop of these golden delicious apples but you can use any apple really, or even a blend of apples. The best apples for applesauce are ripe apples and if you have overripe apples – that’s even better! The riper they are, the less sugar you need to add. We wait until the apples are starting to get soft before we use them for applesauce.

The best apples for applesauce with golden delicious apples photographed

The Fastest Way to Peel Apples:

If you have access to a bunch of apples and love to bake with apples, you need this apple peeler in your life. I purchased one and also gave it to my mother for Christmas because she loves apples but it sure is a task to peel a bucket of apples at a time (Mom is an avid applesauce maker). This apple peeler not only quickly peels the apples (without any waste), but it also cores and slices all in one swoop so making applesauce is way easier!

Apple Peeler peeling an apple for the fastest way to peel an apple

How to Make Applesauce:

The process of making applesauce couldn’t be easier, especially if you have the apple peeler! Once you have them on the stove, you’ll just let them simmer and putter away for a while before blending. You could also leave it chunky if desired.

  1. Peel, core and slice apples.
  2. In a large stockpot, add 1 1/2 cups water and 2 Tbsp sugar (optional) and bring to a boil to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Add sliced apples, return to a simmer then reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. The apples will shrink down as they cook. Mash or puree apples to desired consistency.

How to make applesauce step by step photo instructions

Chunky Applesauce or Smooth?

What is the right consistency for applesauce? This is completely personal preference and the beauty of homemade applesauce. You can’t choose what consistency you get in the grocery store – they all come in a baby food puree texture.

  • For a completely smooth consistency: use an immersion blender or an electric hand mixer at the end, or transfer the apple sauce to a food processor or blender until you reach your desired consistency.
  • For homemade chunky applesauce: you can mash it up with a potato masher or just stir with a whisk to keep some of the chunky texture.

Smooth and Chunky applesauce in jar with spoon

Is Applesauce Good for You?

Applesauce is a better option than dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth since it is mostly (and can be 100%) natural fruit sugar. There are about 100 calories per cup of unsweetened applesauce. Applesauce also contains plenty of Vitamin C and natural fiber.

How to Can Applesauce:

Canning applesauce makes it perfect for gift giving. If canned properly, it will have a shelf life of about 1 year. If you are new to water bath canning, you’ll love this canning kit and be sure to read up on the canning process in detail here.

To can applesauce: wash and sterilize 8 pint-sized jars and lids then use a funnel to transfer piping hot applesauce into each sterilized jar, leaving 1/2″ headspace. Wipe the rims clean with a paper towel. Cover with lid and tighten the lid to secure (don’t overtighten).

Use a jar lifter to transfer jars to a canning pot and process in boiling water for 20 minutes with the water going 1 to 2 inches above the jars. Carefully remove jars and let them cool to room temperature until lids suction in and seal (once at room temperature the lids should not pop up and down if sealed correctly). If jars did not seal, refrigerate and enjoy within 2 weeks.

Process photos for how to can applesauce using funnel and canner

How Long Does Applesauce Keep?

You can keep freshly made applesauce covered and refrigerated up to 2 weeks. You can store it longer by canning applesauce or freezing. After frozen or canned applesauce is opened, it should be eaten within a week.

Can You Freeze Applesauce?

Applesauce freezes really well. If you are more comfortable with freezing, let the applesauce cool to room temperature then transfer to freezer-safe zip bags or containers leaving a little room for expansion and freeze up to 3 months. You can thaw applesauce in the refrigerator overnight or place the sealed ziploc bag under cold running water.

Applesauce Recipe

5 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
applesauce recipe in white bowl with fresh apples

There is nothing like Homemade Applesauce both in flavor and texture. If you use ripe apples to make applesauce, you don't even need to add sugar. Learn how to make and can applesauce.

Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$15 (varies by season)
Keyword: applesauce recipe
Cuisine: American
Course: snack
Calories: 77 kcal
Servings: 32 people (1/2 cup servings)


  • 10 lbs apples very ripe (any variety)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar (optional), or add to taste
  • cinnamon (optional), to serve


How to Make Applesauce:

  1. Peel, core and slice all of the apples.

  2. Into a large stockpot, add 1 1/2 cups water and 2 Tbsp sugar. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil to dissolve sugar. Add all of the sliced apples, reduce heat to low then cover with lid and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

  3. Mash apples to desired consistency, using either a potato masher, an immersion blender or an electric hand mixer.

To Can Applesauce:

  1. Wash and sterilize 8 pint-sized jars and lids. Use a ladle and funnel to pour hot applesauce into sterilized jars. Wipe the jar rims clean with a paper towel.

  2. Fill a large canning pot 1/3 full with water and bring to a boil. Place applesauce jars into the hot water, making sure they are covered by 1-2 inches water. Return to a boil and process 20 minutes.

  3. Carefully remove from the water using a jar lifter and place them right side up until they reach room temperature and lid suctions in and seals. The lids should not pop when sealed correctly. If any jars do not form the seal, refrigerate and enjoy within 2 weeks.
Nutrition Facts
Applesauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 77 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 152mg4%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 77IU2%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Bonnie Dietrich
    November 8, 2020

    Can I only use 6 apples in it not 10 lbs


    • Natasha
      November 8, 2020

      Hi Bonnie, you can scale down the recipe. Click on the number of servings and it will adjust your ingredient list which may help.


  • Courtney ILer
    October 23, 2020

    I have a question I made applesauce and ended up with to much liquid what thickeners can I add to it besides cornstarch or arrowroot
    Can you help me please


    • Natasha
      October 24, 2020

      Hi Courtney, you could let the applesauce settle and skim off the liquid on top, or strain it through a fine-mesh strainer.


  • Lisa
    September 24, 2020

    Hi! I’m attempting canning applesauce for the first time. Yikes! Is it ok to use a smaller jar (8oz) instead of the pint jars? And if so, would the processing time be the same? Thanks in advance!


    • Natasha
      September 24, 2020

      Hi Lisa, yes that would work great in smaller jars and the processing time would be the same.


      • Lisa
        September 26, 2020

        Thank you!


  • Medworldis.Com
    March 24, 2020

    Ree, I m proud of you for saying no to butter this time. Applesauce is divine without it. I ve found that it freezes well, too. Gotta love that, right?


    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 24, 2020

      We sure love it around here! Thank you for stopping by and sharing your comment with us.


  • sonja saulnier
    December 1, 2019

    i have used about a tablespoon of maple syrup in mine and it was delicious


    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 2, 2019

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me.


  • Ruth Durocher
    November 30, 2019

    Hi Natasha.
    I make my own applesauce as well. I use a food mill and the only prep I do is wash the apples, pull the stem off, cut the apples into quarters and put them into a pot with about 1 inch of water. Once they are soft I put them in a food mill and grind it into applesauce. This way I get as much nourishment from the skins as I can. All that’s left once I finish with grinding the cooked apples is about a half cup of the skins and seeds. I love your recipes! I’m making a binder of the ones I want to try and have made. Thank you.


    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 1, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying our recipes, Ruth! Thank you for that great review.


    • Sue
      October 27, 2020

      That how we do it also, no peeling of the apples. End up with pink applesauce. Yum


  • Pam Dana
    November 30, 2019

    This applesauce tasted so fresh and good! I’ll be keeping this recipe to make again! Thanks!


  • Kristyn
    November 29, 2019

    My kids seriously love applesauce!! They will love helping me make it! This would be great to make big batches of & keep in the pantry!


    • Natasha
      November 29, 2019

      Honestly, homemade applesauce is the only apple sauce both of my kiddos will eat. They’ve never been fans of the store-bought one. I hope you all enjoy this!


  • Krissy Allori
    November 29, 2019

    Yummy, easy and delicious. And it’s so much better than you can get at a store.


    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 29, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that! Homemade is always best in our book!


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