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Recipe: Simple & Spectacular Homemade Applesauce

Winesap Apple

I seem to be in the mode of easy, throw-it-in-a-pot recipes lately. Well, here’s another, and it’s just wonderful. You and your kids will both love it!!

Various apples needing to be eaten!

Simple & Spectacular Homemade Applesauce


  • 3 lb Apples (approximately 8 medium-sized apples)
  • 1/3 C Packed Brown Sugar (add a bit more if using sour apples, a bit less if using particularly sweet apples)
  • 1/2 C Water
  • 1/2 t Salt
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick


1. Wash, core, and chop the apples into small chunks.


Chopped Apples

2. Place apples and cinnamon stick in a saucepan with the water, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally. Cook until the apples are falling apart and beginning to become soupy (30-45 minutes).


1/2 Cooked

3. Raise the heat to medium and add brown sugar and salt. Cook uncovered until applesauce becomes the thickness you like (10-20 minutes), stirring fairly constantly.


Almost Finished!

4. Remove from heat, taste and adjust sugar as necessary, then let sit for 5 minutes so the flavors to come together.

Makes 5 cups. Can be served warm, cold, or even with vanilla ice cream!



1. Use whatever type of apples you have. It’s a lot like making tomato sauce from garden tomatoes: different types of apples will add different flavors and levels of complexity. This time, I used Braeburn, Winesap (our favorite!), and Cameo apples.

2. If you want a uniform texture, you can peel the apples (but you lose the nutrients in the skin). Or you can blend the final product in a blender, mixer, or food processor.

Simple & Spectacular Homemade Applesauce


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11 comments to Recipe: Simple & Spectacular Homemade Applesauce

  • That looks really easy! I might just have to buy some non-local apples and give it a shot. Thanks! :)

  • Oh my gosh!! It’s like your read my mind today. I’ve got a bushel of apples that need going through and I was thinking apple sauce with some of the bruised ones.


  • LOL – I’m making applesauce for dinner tonight for friends with a beautiful little pork roast. You have a way of knowing what’s in my fridge or on the shelf. How do you do that?

  • Noooooooooo! not another “how to make applesauce” entry… I unsubbed from half a dozen blogs last fall after getting overload. This is like “How to Boil Water” … seriously. Am I overestimating the age, experience and skill level of my blogging peers (as readers)?

  • Hi Jenn, I write for a lot of people here at One Green Generation – people who are at various levels of change in their lives, people who are living at varying degrees of sustainability. I try to reach many people, and to share what is going on in my life at the moment. I hope you won’t judge me or anyone else for never before making applesauce. This was my first time, and I loved it and wanted to share with others who, like me, had never understood how easy it could be.

    I write 5-7 posts each week and I’m well aware that not every post is going to hit home with every reader – but I hope that as a whole, reading about my thoughts and actions regarding sustainable living is worth reading.

  • Katrina & Michelle, LOL. I assumed I was probably not the only one with a load of apples on my counter!! : ) Enjoy!

    Heather, so interesting. Here in the northwest, I can’t imagine a winter without apples. But boy do I miss other things that used to be local, like citrus in the winter.

  • P.S. Jenn, I wrote a post a while back addressing this notion – please take a look.

  • Mmm, that looks good. There are lots of sweet apples here. Maybe I should try it… temptation… ahhhh, too lazy. (plus, I still don’t feel quite at home in the kitchen yet!)

  • Kelly

    THANK you. While simple for most, this is the first time I have tried making homemade applesauce and I appreciate the simple instructions and recipe. It is cooking now and smells wonderful. Using up our fresh GA apples to make fresh, homemade applesauce for my son who just had his wisdom teeth out. THANKS! Love your blog too!

  • Patricia

    I love this idea! I could kick myself for not learning how easy this is to do. I’ll do this and keep passing up the store bought applesauce (nasty corn sweeteners). Thanks! :-)

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