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Homemade Applesauce. Recipe for applesauce along with canning instructions and an apple weights and measures chart.
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Homemade Applesauce


  • Homemade Applesauce
  • yield: 12 pints
  • Applesauce is only as good as your apples are good. For better flavor use at least two varieties. If you have certain varieties that are favorites, use those. I used September Wonder and Gala. Try to find the freshest and best apples around.
  • If you're making a big batch of applesauce requiring a lot of time to prepare the apples you will need to coat the meat of the apple with an acidic fruit juice or ascorbic acid tablets (vitamin C),crushed and diluted in water, to prevent the fruit from turning brown. I used grapefruit juice because I have more grapefruit in my yard than we can eat or giveaway. A long soak time isn't required to achieve the anti-oxidization property. Just make sure the apples are well-coated.
  • The addition of sugar is strictly dependent on your taste preference. Taste the applesauce after it's done and add sugar if needed. Stir well until sugar dissolves.
  • The only source I use for canning instructions is So Easy to Preserve a publication of the National Center for Home Food Preservation.
  • This recipe can easily be scaled down for smaller quantities.
  • 20 to 22 pounds of apples peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • sugar optional


  • Place prepared apples and water in a large kettle. Cook quickly until tender, making sure to stir often to prevent burning. For a smooth texture, use an immersion blender. For chunky applesauce, mash with a potato masher or large wooden spoon. I used an immersion blender.
  • Taste for sweetness. I added 1/4 cup sugar.
  • Canning instructions
  • Bring applesauce to a boil and ladle into sterilized jars leaving 1/2 inch head space. Wipe rims with a damp cloth. Adjust lids. Process in a water bath; quarts for 20 minutes and pints for 15 minutes. Remove jars from water bath and place on a dry kitchen towel. Leave in place overnight. Store in a cool dark place.
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