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How to Make Applesauce

How to Make Applesauce

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Making applesauce at home is easier than you think: and it skips the extra sugars of the store bought kind! Here’s how to make applesauce.


  • 4 pounds sweet cooking apples (for example, Macintosh)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or ground cinnamon to flavor at the end)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Maple syrup (optional — we don’t use it!)


  1. Prep the apples: Core and dice the apples. Leave on the skins (for an applesauce with a rosy color), or if you’d like, peel the apples (it’s easier to make chunky applesauce this way; see Step 3).
  2. Cook the apples: Place the apple pieces in a large pot or Dutch oven with the water. Add the cinnamon stick and kosher salt. Cover and bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and cook until the apples are soften, about 30 to 35 minutes. Check the pot several times, stirring and mashing down the apples. When the apples are cooked down, turn off the heat and remove the cinnamon stick.
  3. To make a chunky applesauce, mash down the apples with a potato masher. If you left the skins on, remove the apple skins with a fork (it’s easiest to do a chunky applesauce if you peel the apples first). 
  4. To make a smooth applesauce, use one of the two methods: run the applesauce through a food processor (or blender) until it’s smooth but still has texture. Then pass it through a strainer to remove any pieces of the peel. Another option is to pass it through a food mill, which quickly removes the peel. 
  5. Taste: depending on the type of apples, the apple sauce will likely be sweet enough as is. If not, add a drizzle of maple syrup. If you didn’t use a cinnamon stick, you also can add stir in a few pinches of ground cinnamon to taste.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American