Homemade applesauce is not only fresh and delicious, but is very affordable when apples are in season or on sale.
When it comes to picking the perfect apple, organic is the soundest choice if you can swing it. It should also be a type that you already love to eat, because the flavors will be very similar in the end.
And don’t be afraid to mix it up! A variety of apples add an interesting dimension of flavor. We like to use the three apple types below because they’re crisp and sweet without being too sugary.
But it’s really up to you! Blend Fuji with Gala or Honeycrisp with McIntosh—whatever your heart (and taste buds) desire.
Homemade Applesauce Recipe
- 3 lbs apples, Fuji, Gala or Honey Crisp - peeled and cored (about 8 or 9)
- 1 1/2 cups apple juice, or water
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice, about 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 - 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch salt
- Chop (or grate) the peeled and cored apples into small (about ¼”) pieces and add them to a medium-sized saucepan. Stir in lemon juice, apple juice and sugar, and then place the pot over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a bubble, cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in desired amount of cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Leave the apples in the pot, covered, for about 15–20 minutes, until the apples have softened a bit more and cooled slightly.
- Once the apples have cooled, mash them with a potato masher or place them in a blender and purée to desired consistency. Transfer the applesauce to an airtight container and refrigerate until well chilled. Enjoy!
Applesauce is a great side or dessert, but you can also use it as a substitute for butter to make healthier muffins, cakes or cookies!