Learn all the secrets for How to Make Applesauce. Can it, freeze it — leave it unsweetened, or add in some extras to sweeten things up. You’ll only need one recipe to teach you everything you need to know!
What kind of apples are best for making applesauce?The best applesauce comes from a mixture of multiple types of apples, rather than just relying on one kind of apple. The best apples to use in that mixture are McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, and Jonathan apples.
Can you freeze fresh applesauce?Applesauce freezes perfectly! To freeze homemade applesauce, wait until it has cooled completely and then put into quart or gallon sized freezer bags. Put the applesauce in the freezer and store it for up to 2 months. Do not refreeze the applesauce once you have thawed it.
How long is applesauce good in the fridge?If you keep your applesauce refrigerated and in an airtight container it can last up to 2 weeks. That being said it is always better to be safe than sorry, so if you think your applesauce has been left out too long are has gone bad in the fridge, throw it out.
Can I can this applesauce for long term storage?Yes you can. This recipe can be canned in a water canning bath. Be sure to follow proper canning procedures.
Can I make applesauce in a slow cooker or Instant Pot?Yes! Instead of placing the apples into a saucepan on the stove, simply place the apples (along with the water, lemon juice, and cinnamon stick) into either a slow cooker or an Instant Pot. For the slow cooker, cook on high for 3 to 4 hours. For the Instant Pot, you’ll need 10 minutes of high pressure.
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How to Make Applesauce
- 5 pounds apples combination of McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, and Jonathan
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 3-inch cinnamon stick
OPTIONAL ADD INS
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Peel, core, and slice apples into small chunks. Transfer to a large saucepan or pot.
- Add in water, lemon juice, and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil over high heat and then reduce the heat to low. Cover and let simmer 20-30 minutes until apples are soft.
- Puree using a blender, food processor, or immersion blender for a smoother applesauce.
OPTIONAL ADD INS
- For sweetened applesauce, return pureed applesauce to pan. Stir in brown sugar and continue to cook, uncovered, until the applesauce thickens, about 10 minutes.
- For a more flavorful, dessert type applesauce, stir in butter, ground cinnamon, and vanilla extract until butter is melted.
SERVING AND STORAGE
- Serve warm or cold, or freeze or can using proper canning procedures for later use. Applesauce will stay good refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.