Homemade Applesauce is a must-make recipe in the fall months when apples are plentiful and delicious!
When the chill hits the air in the fall, apples are ready to be picked. If you’re lucky enough to live in an area where you can go apple picking, I highly suggest you jump at the opportunity. My husband and I used to take our son apple picking when he was little, and it was so much fun to come home with bags of apples. There are plenty of recipes you can make with fresh apples, and you should start with this homemade applesauce.
How to make Homemade Applesauce:
This applesauce recipe is incredibly easy. You’ll peel and core your apples, slice them thinly and put them in a big pot. Then you’ll add a little water, white and brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice and lemon juice. After you get everything in the pot, the hard part is done. Then you’ll cover the pot and let this mixture cook over low heat for 3 to 4 hours. The apples will break down in the heat, and it will all turn into applesauce!
What’s the best variety of apple to use for applesauce?
This recipe calls for using Golden Delicious apples. There are other varieties that are good for applesauce too. Cortland, Crispin and Fuji are good substitutes for Golden Delicious. If you prefer a more tart/sweet applesauce, use Gravenstein or McIntosh. For a more tangy, crisp applesauce, try using Braeburn or Rome.
If you prefer to cut down on the sugar, it’s okay to cut down on the sugar a bit. This applesauce is the perfect, delicious sweet snack. I always make several batches of this to enjoy during the fall months. In my house, it gets gobbled up rather quickly!
How long can you keep homemade applesauce?
Store it covered in the refrigerator. It will be good to eat for several days. It’s so good that it won’t last long! I’m not very familiar with canning, so I’m not certain if this homemade applesauce recipe is appropriate for traditional canning. Enjoy!
Here are a few more recipes using fresh apples:
- Apple Thyme Chicken
- Caramel Apple Monkey Bread
- Apple Cake with Hot Caramel Rum Sauce
- Southern Fried Apples
- Apple Fritters
- Maple Apple Tartlets
- Apple Cole Slaw
- Apple Fritter Rings
- 12 medium Golden Delicious apples
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Mix all ingredients together in a large saucepan. Cook 3 to 4 hours, covered, on medium-low heat. Stir occasionally.
- Serve warm, or refrigerate and serve cold.
- *Lighten up the on the sweetness by cutting the sugar in half.