This super easy homemade applesauce recipe is a family tradition. I suspect it was what I lived on the first year or two of life. I remember applesauce being a major food group of my childhood.
The homemade applesauce recipe is so easy, it only has 3 ingredients…
How to Make Homemade Applesauce:
1. Wash the apples – I am using a bag of Granny Smith apples here, but any apple that is good for cooking will work great for applesauce.
2. Quarter the apples – There is no need to de-seed or de-skin.
3. Add 3-4 inches of water to pan full of apple quarters – You can cook the apples covered or uncovered. I usually leave uncovered since they are less likely to boil over and make a mess on my stove.
4. Cook until apples are soft – Some apples will keep their shape even though they are soft. Some apples like these Granny Smith just melt into a big apple-y mess. These cooked about 25 minutes.
5. Add cooked apples to food mill and applesauce magically appears – Food mills are relatively inexpensive (I think I paid $12 for mine close to 20 years ago) and a few round-n-rounds will create applesauce before your very eyes.
6. Add cinnamon and sugar to taste – These apples were pretty tart so I ended up adding 1 1/2 to 2 cups of sugar and approximately 4 T of cinnamon. The cinnamon eliminated the greenish tint of the Granny Smith sauce.