How to Make Homemade Applesauce

This is apple season. I’d love to have my own apple trees, but since I don’t, I’ll do the next best thing:  buy cheap apples at the store. This week I picked up 3.5 pounds of apples marked down to 1.99. They weren’t the best, but they were perfect for making applesauce.

Have you ever wondered how to make homemade applesauce? My mom made applesauce when I was little, and it was always really good; a lot better than store-bought. This is basically how she makes applesauce.

First, cut the apples in fourths and remove the cores and seeds. Put them into a large pot, cover them just barely with water, and cook them until they are falling apart. For me, this took about 40 minutes.

how to make homemade applesauceThen run all of the apples and liquid through a Foley’s food mill. My mom got me one at a garage sale for .50, and I have already used it for apples and tomatoes. It’s really nice because it easily gets off all the skins.

applesauce food mill

Throw away (or compost) what is left in the mill, and you will be left with just a pan of sauce. I added about 1/4 cup of brown sugar (my mom adds white sugar, and more than that, but others don’t add sugar at all. Just depends on the taste you want and the nutrition level you’re after). I added some red hots as well for a cinnamon flavor and a pretty pink color.

If you don’t have a food mill, just peel your apples before cooking. Then instead of putting them through the mill (hey – I just realized where that saying comes from!), just mash them with a potato masher.

homemade applesauceI just cooked it all a bit longer (I might not have even needed to, but it made the house smell so good!). Refrigerate, although it probably won’t last too long …

That’s it!


6 thoughts on “How to Make Homemade Applesauce

  1. Also, I always add a few drops of red food coloring. It makes it so pretty! Yes cooking applesauce makes a wonderful aroma. Then if you make applebutter, it gets even better. But that can be another blog.

    I sure miss Stuarts’ apples!

  2. I make mind now days in the crockpot rather than stove top as a matter of time and effort saver but I so loved it this way as well

  3. Reading this brought back good memories. I don’t make applesauce since I live alone, but it almost tempted me to do it.

    I found a like-new Foley’s Food Mill a few years ago in a thrift store for virtually nothing, which I gave to Mary Ellen as she said hers was almost rusted through. I felt like I’d found a gold mine. She actually thought it was new when I gave it to her as a birthday gift.

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