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Homemade Applesauce


I love making my own applesauce. It’s easy and I can adjust the taste to my liking. Today I’m going to show you how to make your own applesauce. I’ll be making a small batch to put in the fridge, but you can easily make a double batch and can or freeze it for long-term storage.

On a recent drive into the countryside, Nick and I stopped into McCully Hill Farm.


I purchased some Gala, Empire and Spartan apples. You can use any blend of apples that you like. I suggest you use both sweet and tart apples that are fairly soft for easy cooking.



  • 3 to 4 lbs of apples (about 7 to 10 apples, depending on the size), cored, and quartered
  • 4 strips of lemon peel (use a vegetable peeler to strip 4 lengths, zest only, not the pith)
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp lemon juice (more or less to taste)
  • tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar (to taste)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt


Start by coring and cutting up the apples. I leave the skin on mine but if you like a smoother texture you can peel the apples first.


Use a vegetable peeler to peel four large strips of lemon peel.


Place the cored and quartered apples into a large pot with the strips of lemon peel, the lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, sugar, water and salt. You might want to start with half the sugar at this point and add more to taste later.


Bring to a boil on high heat, then lower the temperature, cover the pot, and maintain a low simmer for 20-30 minutes, until the apples are completely tender and cooked through.


Once the apples are cooked through, remove the pot from the heat. Remove the lemon peels. Use a stick blender to blend up the sauce to your desired texture. Add more sugar to taste. If too sweet, add more lemon juice.


I poured mine into Mason jars to store in the fridge and freezer. You can also freeze this sauce in plastic containers and keep it in the freezer for up to a year.


This sauce is rich and delicious. The combination of the spices and the lemon in it make it more complex than the store-bought stuff. Try it for yourself and enjoy!





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