How to make easy homemade applesauce in less than 30 minutes is easier than you think and it’s so delicious you have to try it!
I always thought homemade applesauce recipes were complicated and that it took all day slaving over the oven to get it just right. I was so wrong. Homemade applesauce is so easy and I don’t know why I was so intimidated by it!
This week my Aunt Patty and Uncle Donnie took Gigi and me on the funniest adventure! We went apple picking at an apple orchard about 45 minutes from home. We had such a wonderful day picking apples and taste-testing apples and pears!
When we were given our instructions on apple picking from Brenda, the orchard owner, she told us that seconds were less expensive and great for making applesauce. I thought, no way Brenda. I am not spending all day making applesauce.
LOL It’s funny how you don’t know what you don’t know.
So the seconds were apples that may have fallen and had a bruise or a small flaw and number ones were pretty perfect. We ended up picking two bags of seconds and five bags of number ones to bring home.
I remembered that a few weeks ago one of our Fabulous Friday Features, The Apple Street Cottage, had a post about apple recipes so I went to that post and found my applesauce recipe. I did change one thing but it’s such an easy recipe!
Ingredients for Easy Homemade Applesauce
- At least 10 apples. I wish I’d had 20 or 25 now
- Apple Peeler, slicer, corer
- Large Pot
- 1 cup water
- Hand Mixer
You can peel and core your apples without the apple peeler, corer, slicer but this made the job go so fast, and Gigi peeled every apple all by herself.
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How to Make Easy Homemade Applesauce
Time needed: 30 minutes
- Rinse apples
One of the differences between store-bought apples vs picking your own is that there isn’t any type of coating on fresh-picked. You just rinse them with water when you are ready to eat them and then eat them, and there is just a crisp freshness about them.
- Peel, core and slice apples
Again, you don’t need the apple. peeler, corer but it only took seconds for Gigi to run it through and less than a few minutes to peel 10 apples. It’s less than $20.
- Add them to the pot
I use my dutch oven but any large pot would do.
- Add Water
1 cup of water per 15 apples is a good rule to follow.
- Bring to a Boil
- Reduce heat, allow to simmer
Reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer covered for 25 minutes. Stir often to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pot.
Mix with your hand mixer until your desired consistency. Gigi likes her applesauce pretty smooth so I mixed on high for one minute.
- Let Chill
I used these little condiment containers so that I could just get them out for Gigi and they are the perfect amount!
I let them chill in the fridge for about an hour before we tried it and it’s official. Gigi loves her own homemade applesauce!
Helpful Tips For Making Homemade Applesauce
You can add a small amount of brown sugar to sweeten but we like just the flavor of the apples so I only added water.
I use applesauce in place of oil when I make a cake or other desserts.
You need a lot of apples to make a big batch.
It will last in your fridge for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.