Easy Homemade Applesauce

applesauce in bowl surrounded by apples

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Once you taste homemade applesauce, you’ll never go back to the store stuff.




  1. Core and quarter apples.
  2. Add water, lemon juice and apples into cooking container – medium stockpot, crock pot, or instant pot. Mix apples to coat them with lemon.
  3. On stove top, cover and simmer until soft, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes. In crock pot, cover and cook for 4-6 hours. In instant pot, cook on manual (high pressure) for eight minutes.
  4. When apples are soft, remove from heat. Remove skins with a food strainer, food mill or chinois.
  5. Add cinnamon or spices.
  6. Enjoy warm or allow to cool completely and store in the refrigerator for up to ten days. Freeze, freeze dry, dehydrate or can for longer storage.


Like your applesauce a little sweeter? Add white sugar, brown sugar or a little maple syrup. Want sauce that’s a little more tart? Add some lemon juice, or add some apples that are naturally more acidic, like granny smith or Cortland. Like a little seasonal spice in your blend? Try ground cinnamon, fresh or ground ginger, nutmeg, cloves or your personal favorite. For chunky applesauce (or to skip straining after cooking), peel your apples before cooking and then mash with a fork or potato masher.

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