Saturday, March 10, 2012

Homemade Apple Sauce


I know fall is the normal time of having an abundance of apples, but I was 'gifted' a huge number of apples and needed to find recipes to use them before I lost them.  After perusing through many recipe books, I located a terrific recipe for applesauce that can be frozen for later enjoyment.  I also made two Apple Crumbles and we enjoyed them with vanilla ice cream!


4 lbs apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
1 cup water
1 TBS lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg


1)  In a large, heavy saucepan, simmer apples in water over low heat until tender but not mushy.

2)  Add lemon juice.

3)  Stir in sugar.  Cook and stir until the sugar dissolves.  Depending on the tartness of the apples, the amount of sweetener may be adjusted.

4)  Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before mashing.  I used a potato masher for this job and it worked great!

5)  Enjoy!

May substitute 3 cups cranberries or blueberries for 1 pound of the apples.  May substitute peaches, pears, plum, or apricots for half of the apples.

To Freeze... cool the applesauce and then transfer to a freezer bag.  Freezes well for up to 9 months.  To serve, thaw and serve chilled or warmed over stovetop.

Notes... I made this in the afternoon and let it sit in the pot until dinner.  It was still warm and delicious!  I stored the leftovers in the refrigerator and it was fine 3 days later.  This will also make a great ice cream topper!

Recipe adapted from Fix, Freeze, Take & Bake.  This recipe may be linked to these food blog hops.




  1. The minute I saw that you were a Christian that liked to bake bread,, I was hooked. I love Jesus and homemade bread . . . sounds like Sunday dinner. What time should we be there, and what can I bring? LOL I just found your blog and it's Sunday a very busy day for me. Plus this is the day we loose an hour. Will definitely be back. Your new fan and follower, Connie
    Come visit, I'm new to blogging, but learning as I go.

  2. Hi! We love homemade apple sauce, we're lucky that we can buy local apples all the time. My daughter just asked me the other day if I could make some more apple sauce for her. We'll have to try your recipe out next time. :-)

  3. Looks great, we're big applesauce eaters around here. I'd love to try my hand at making some too! - Kelly @ Semi Homemade Mom

  4. oh yum... this looks so very good!

  5. Great idea,thanks for sharing with us at Creative Mondays :)

  6. This sounds so good. I'll give it a try.

  7. I'm going to give this a try. I have never even attempted to make apple sause. Thanks for the recipe and for sharing.

  8. I never thought about freezing sauce- good idea.
    Stopping by from Tuesday Friend and Follow.
    Have a great day!

  9. I always like to compare recipes. I love homemade applesauce! Thanks for posting. I have a crock pot version you may want to check out: if you are interested. I love the scriptures.

  10. Yummy! I am hoping to CAN applesauce this fall when we can get apples $12/bushel. (Macs mostly.) The kids love it, but finding unsweetended, non-preservative applesauce at the store is hard!

  11. The grands love apple sauce! I will have to try this. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  12. I've been wanting to make some applesauce. Thanks for the recipe!

  13. I love this! I have never made home made applesauce before and we should! We would love to have you share this with us at our Kids in the Kitchen link up. Trying to get kids to help momma in the kitchen! :) This would be an easy and fun one to do! (esp. for us homeschooling families-getting creative and teaching at the same time)
    Please feel free to join us each Tuesday with your family friendly recipes! Blessings :)

  14. This looks like a great recipe! I would love for you to link it up to my Recipe Party at The Sweet Spot.

  15. Oh yum! I love homemade applesauce. I'll bet it is great with the cinnamon & nutmeg in it. Thanks for linking up to What Makes You Say Mmmmm? this week.

  16. This looks great. I have never tried making homemade applesauce before. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    Mrs. Delightful

  17. this is one of my favorite things, perfect for todays hop xo

  18. This looks yummy! I love cooking with apples. I too am new to blogging & homeschooling a teenager...Hope to get a vist from you. Have a blessed day

  19. Great recipe nothing beats homemade.

  20. Hi Ellen,
    We just love homemade Applesauce and make it often. Your recipe looks delicious and we will have to try it. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    Miz Helen

  21. Looks yummy. Thanks for sharing with Simply Delish.

  22. We are just coming into apple season now in my part of the world, so I'm starting to think of all the things I can do with them.

    Thanks for sharing this at Cookbook Sundays.


  23. I have several apples that need to be cooked. They aren't quite fresh enough to I think I will make some applesauce.

  24. I like making small batches of applesauce and pear sauce when I have more apples and pears than we can eat - no matter what time of year. It is a great way to avoid food waste.

  25. I personally have never been big on applesauce, HOWEVER, everyone else loves it and I really enjoy making things homemade! I'll definitely be giving this recipe a try!

    Thank you for linking up at Twisted Thursday. I stumbled and pinned this one too!

  26. Your homemade Apple Sauce looks amazing - I make it often, but I have never thought to freeze it - why in the world have I not thought of that. Thank you so much for linking it up with This Week's Cravings!


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