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Homemade Applesauce Recipe


Here is a step-by-step guide to making homemade applesauce. You just need apples and water! Our post details instructions for making the applesauce with a food mill or mashing by hand with a potato masher.


  • 6 cups saucing apples, such as Macintosh (4 to 5 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup, or to taste (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, or to taste (optional)


  1. If you do not have a food mill, peel apples, then seed and quarter them. If you do have a food mill, leave skins on, 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, mash with a potato masher to desired consistency.



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.


Transfer the applesauce into 3 straight sided wide mouth canning jars, dividing evenly. Lable jars with date. Refrigerate until cold. Add jar lids and freeze. Can be frozen up to 6 months.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


  • 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

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