Homemade Applesauce

Homemade Applesauce

One of my favorite fall traditions is making applesauce. Each fall, my parents give me a bunch of Arkansas Black apples from my grandparents farm and these apples make delicious applesauce.

Making homemade applesauce is easy – it just takes a few hours from start to finish. The yummy homemade applesauce is worth every hour spent in the kitchen.


Arkansas Blacks aren’t technically good applesauce apples because they are a hard apple. Good varieties for applesauce include Gala, Fuji, Stayman Winesap and Pink Lady to name a few. I use the Arkansas Blacks because they’re given to me so making applesauce from them is free!

Here are the simple steps to making homemade applesauce:

Peel Apples

Step 1: Peel the apples.

Slice Apples

Step 2: Slice/core the apples.

(An Apple Peeler/Corer/Slicer would definitely speed the applesauce making process up. I can’t justify spending money and using valuable cabinet space for an appliance that I would use once a year.)

Put Apples in Pot

Step 3: Place apples in a large pot with a little water.

Cook Apples

Step 4: Watch them cook, stirring often. Add water as needed to prevent burning.


Step 5: You have applesauce. Add sugar if you want (we never add sugar because apples are naturally so sweet) and cinnamon if you want cinnamon applesauce.

At this point, you can refrigerate your applesauce and eat it over the next few days. Or, if you’ve made a large quantity, the next step is to can the applesauce.

To can, place applesauce in jars, put on lids and bands and put in water bath canner. They need to process for 20 minutes (for pint jars).

Canned Applesauce

Step 6: You have canned applesauce. I ended up with 9 pints of plain and 3 of cinnamon this round.

It took me approximately 4 hours from start to finish (canning completed & kitchen clean) to make these 12 pints.

And, one of my favorite parts of making applesauce, it always makes my house smell oh so homey!

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responses to “Homemade Applesauce” 5

  1. Looks yummy! What do you use all the applesauce for? Pie filling or other uses or do you eat it stright from the jar? Thankyou.

  2. We really like our homemade applesauce and apple pie in a jar too! We got a corer/peeler as a gift, and only used it once a year. Plus, after a few years, it got rusty and not very efficient. I found this on FB a few weeks ago and if we ever get bags of apples again (we get about 40 lbs of apples for $5 – they are "deer apples" or apples that have fallen on the ground – most of which are still perfectly good!), we will use THIS method!

    And the smell…there is nothing like the smell of applesauce baking. We use a crockpot to make ours – easy peasy.

  3. Or you can just wash and core the apples slice them and take a hand blender to them, You cook them for only a few minutes this way and the canning process cooks the apples the rest of the wayand you get the more nutritios peels in the sauce too!

  4. We have been making lots of sauce here too! Though we do have a Apple Peeler/Corer/Slicer that I use to freeze pie and apple crisp fillings we do not use it for apple sauce. Do you have a food mill? It was one of the best items I have purchased and saves me HOURS and HOURS of time in the kitchen 🙂 I just boil the apples till they are soft and the mill turns it into sauce 😀 So simple, hu?!! I use it for garden stuff too so its not just a 'once a year' item. If you still garden they save so much time when making ketchup, tomato sauce, ect… I can not imagine what I would have done without it – the mill has freed up so much time so I can tend to the baby (or toddler!).

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