Applesauce might seem difficult to make at home, but trust me when I say it’s never been easier and more worthwhile. The freshness, taste, and simplicity will keep you coming back for more, and is like no other!

Simple Apple Sauce in a bowl with a side of graham crackers

Why We Love This Recipe For Simple Homemade Applesauce

Applesauce is one of those things that often gets overlooked when thinking about basic recipes to make at home. It might seem efficient and easier to buy your applesauce from the grocery store, but after following this applesauce recipe you’ll understand why I choose to make my own. The title really doesn’t lie in the fact that it truly is simple. Seriously, just apples and water are all you need for this apple sauce recipe. You can always doctor it up after you make it by adding in some cinnamon, honey or maple syrup.

Right now I am tittering with excitement over the fact that there are loads of local apple varieties available. It is early in the season, so I am going gaga for a new one called a Zester! It is great for eating out of hand like its relative the Honeycrisp, which I’ll be all over later in the season, along with the Macouns. At the tail end of the season I’m sure to stock up on Mutsus, which are great storing apples. They are giant golden apples with a rosy blush with loads of crisp floral flavor.

Unlike eating, cooking apples are a different story. One trick my mom learned in the apple business is that when cooking apples, layering flavor is important. So mixing a few different varieties builds a more complex flavor. For apple pie or crisp I like to use at least two varieties. Depending what’s available, I like to choose one more firm variety (like a Granny Smith, Gala or Ginger Gold) and a softer variety (like Paula Red or McIntosh). You can read all about apples and when to use them here in my apple guide!

With that being sauce, McIntosh is by far the best apple to use when learning how to make homemade applesauce. Their texture and tender white flesh allows them to practically melt when cooked with water. Once you get the hang of it, you can always layer with a second apple variety.

Serve the applesauce with Greek yogurt, graham crackers, your favorite tangy cheese, or just as is!

Key Ingredients For This Recipe

Apples

For this applesauce recipe, you’ll need about 4 to 5 pounds of McIntosh apples specifically. Peel and core them, then simmer until they’re completely broken down into deliciously soft and mushy apple pieces.

Additional Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • Flavoring such as cinnamon, honey or maple syrup (optional)
An eaten apple next to a bowl of apples

Step by Step Instructions to Make This Applesauce Recipe

Step 1: Prep apples

Cut the apples in half and remove seeds and stem with a melon baller or spoon. Cut each half into quarters.

Step 2: Simmer apples

Place the apple quarters in a large heavy-bottomed soup pot with water. Cover with a lid and place over medium heat. Bring the water to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the apples are completely broken down.

Step 3: Make applesauce

Process the apples through a food mill, discarding any extra seeds. Alternatively, if you do not have a food mill, peel and core the apples completely before cooking. Continue with the cooking instructions and process with food processor or potato masher until the desired consistency is reached.

Step 4: Serve

Serve the applesauce immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to serve.

FAQs and Expert Tips

Which apple variety is the best for homemade applesauce?

McIntosh is the only way to go here folks. They have delicious fruity sweet-tart flavor and practically melt when cooked with a little water.

What if you don’t have a food mill?

If you don’t have a food mill, just peel and core the apples completely before you cook them and then mash with a potato masher or puree in a food processor.

What can be added to the applesauce?

If you’re feeling ambitious, you can feel free to add in another apple variety for flavor-complexity. Depending on how sweet your Macs are (they get sweeter the longer they are stored) you may have to add a little honey or maple syrup to the sauce to balance it. You can also add cinnamon and a pinch of salt.

How should you store homemade applesauce?

Homemade applesauce should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. If refrigerated, it’ll last between 7 to 10 days. It can also be frozen for long-term storage.

Additional Apple Recipes to Try

Additional Recipes with Applesauce to Try

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Simple Homemade Applesauce

  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 quart 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Simple apple sauce, just apples and water. Choose which method to use with either a food mill, food processor or potato masher. Add cinnamon and honey to taste.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 6 cups saucing apples, such as Macintosh (4 to 5 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. Cut apples in half and remove seeds with melon baller. Cut into quarters.
  2. Place in large heavy-bottomed soup pot with water. Cover and place over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the apples are completely broken down.
  3. Process through food mill and discard seeds. Alternatively, if you do not have a food mill, peel and core apples. Continue with cooking instructions and process with food processor or potato masher to desired consistency.

Notes

Cooking Tip:

If you don’t have a food mill, just peel and core the apples completely before you cook them and then mash with a potato masher or puree in a food processor.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup each
  • Calories: 87
  • Sugar: 19 g
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 0 g