Making this easy homemade applesauce is a delicious way to use fresh produce during apple season in the late fall. Use your freshly-made applesauce to top off latkes or pork chops.
This easy homemade applesauce recipe only requires a few ingredients..
- Apples: You can’t make applesauce without apples! Use a sweeter variety of apples such as Fuji, Honeycrisp or Golden Delicious.
- Sweetener: Sugar is an optional ingredient for our applesauce. Taste your applesauce after it has cooked down and decide if it needs any sugar. Some varieties of apples are sweeter than others and will need less (or no) sugar. Taste your apples and decide if they need the full amount of sugar. You can also use maple syrup or honey as a natural sweetener.
- Lemon juice: Adding about half a lemon’s worth of freshly-squeezed juice will brighten your applesauce.
- Salt: Add a bit of salt to bring all the flavors alive.
- Spices: Add your favorite warming spices. I added a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon but it’s up to you if you’d like to add any spice. You can completely omit the spices if that’s what feels right.
How to Make Applesauce
Forget everything you dislike about store-bought applesauce. This easy homemade applesauce tastes just like an apple crisp, but it’s actually healthy and just natural ingredients.
First, peel and quarter the apples. Add to a large stock pot with the water and heat over medium heat. Add in the sweetener if you’re using any and stir. Allow the apples to cook down and soften until they are fork-tender.
Once the apples have cooked down, add the entire contents of the stockpot to a blender or food processor. Blend until your homemade applesauce has reached its desired consistency.
Frequently Asked Questions about Applesauce
How long will applesauce last?
This homemade applesauce will last 2 weeks in the fridge in an airtight container.
Is there a best type of apples for homemade applesauce?
You can use any kind of apples for this applesauce, but I would advice to use a sweeter variety, such as Honeycrisp or Fuji. You can also use a variety of apples to give your applesauce a depth of flavor. Use up any apples that you have lying around in your fruit basket.
How long does it take for the applesauce to cook?
Since apples are a fibrous fruit, it will take them a bit of time to cook down. Allow your apples to cook until they are fork-tender, approximately 20 minutes.
How do I make a chunky applesauce?
Use a potato masher instead of a food processor or blender if you prefer a chunky applesauce.