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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!

Applesauce in a white bowl with a cinnamon stick in it.
  • 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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Applesauce in a white bowl with a cinnamon stick in it.
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!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 400mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 62g | Vitamin A: 360IU | Vitamin C: 18.6mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 0.6mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Western
Keyword: applesauce
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William Tarrant
February 18, 2020 4:53 pm

5 stars
67 year old man made this and wife was happy. Happy wife happy life.

Irene. H.
March 26, 2020 9:12 pm

I made this tonight and it was so easy and turned out delicious! Thank you!

Paul Lyden
January 9, 2020 6:47 pm

5 stars
Delicious, I suggest letting it cool over night if you try it, that really allows the flavors to settle and the consistency comes out like store bought stuff after a night in the fridge. All in all great instuctions, I’ve never tried to make it before. I followed the instant pot instructions and it was super simple.

Amy O'Neal
August 21, 2020 2:24 pm
Reply to  Paul Lyden

Thank you! My 10 year old daughter and 4 year old son are going to do this for a project and we are very thankful for the advice!

August 15, 2020 8:02 pm

Delicious!! We used our KitchenAid attachment to peel and core which made the apple prep super fast. We had about 7.5 pounds of apples from our tree, so we used 1.5 of the recipe. We left out cinnamon sticks in most of it, but added them to a few of the cans before we canned it so it’ll have a taste of cinnamon for my husband. It was delicious even without any sugar. The whole process including canning took us about an hour and a half. I will say, it was my first time making applesauce and I was surprised… Read more »

Dave S.
April 26, 2020 11:54 am

Stuck home because of covid19. Had too many apples and needed make something before they went bad. Turned out great . Thank you!!

Mary K
October 9, 2020 8:30 pm

I like chunky Apple sauce so when apples are tender I break up with a potato masher. I freeze in quart zip lock bags. That way I can lay flat in freezer and stack well.

Tim Miller
October 9, 2020 11:40 am

This version sounds delicious. I have printed off and dried many of your recipes. When I make applesauce, I pull the stems, cut the apples in 1/2, then stew them down in a pan. Then I use my Kitchen Aid mixer with the colander and sieve to separate the sauce from the seeds and skins. So peeling!

July 20, 2020 1:16 am

I’m really not one for applesauce but this applesauce is the BEST EVER that I have tasted. My friends from my church gave my husband and I a lot of apples 🍏 I really didn’t know what to do with them all, so some I was happy to share with my friends but I still had a lot and I didn’t want them to spoil. Due to the Covid 19 as many of us are at home I had time to try out a preserve, I’ve done preservatives before and enjoyed doing so but I never had done some applesauce,… Read more »

Charlie Prater
April 23, 2020 7:19 am

5 stars
I haven’t tried it yet but I will try to convince my husband to make it with me.

October 9, 2020 8:47 pm

5 stars
Quick and straightforward recipe to follow.
Loved the options given

January 7, 2020 8:34 am

this applesauce was really good

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