How to make homemade apple sauce— with only five ingredients

Learning how to make apple sauce is easier than you think— even your mini chefs will enjoy the peeling, mashing and simmering!

How to make homemade apple sauce— with only five ingredients

Photo: Jodi Pudge

There are few better smells to fill your home with than stewing apples and cinnamon! So here's the plan: On a lazy weekend afternoon, enlist the help of your mini chef, tighten your apron strings and get peeling, simmering and mashing. Here's how to make apple sauce at home with only five ingredients.

Making applesauce

Use a mix of different apples, including a few of the popular “baking” varieties like Gala, Fuji, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Mutsu and Cortland. You can freeze your applesauce in sealed plastic containers to eat any time of the year. Apples are a great source of dietary fibre; they’re loaded with vitamin C and don’t have a trace of sodium (they’re also only about 80 calories each).

Bowl of the result after family time of learning how to make apple sauce Photo: Jodi Pudge

You’ll need

1 1/2 kg apples (about 7 or 8), 1/2 cup unsweetened apple cider or juice, 1 3-in. cinnamon stick, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp fresh lemon juice. Makes about 4 cups of applesauce.

Apples, sugar, lemon, apple cider vinegar and cinnamon sticks on a white background Photo: Jodi Pudge


Kitchen equipment

Pot, spoon, masher, measuring spoons, hand juicer, apple peeler

Supplies for making applesauce like masher, peeler, juicer and measuring spoons Photo: Jodi Pudge

Step 1

Peel, core and cut your apples into pieces.

Little boy in apron peeling apples on peeler Photo: Jodi Pudge

Step 2

Place apples in a Dutch oven or another large heavy pot. Add apple cider and cinnamon stick, cover pot and turn heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 min or until apples are cooked through and falling apart.

Pot filled with sliced apples and a cinnamon stick Photo: Jodi Pudge


Step 3

Remove cinnamon stick and mash apples with a potato masher until desired consistency is reached.

Boy in apron mashing pot of applesauce Photo: Jodi Pudge

Step 4

Taste and adjust flavour with sugar and lemon juice (you may need slightly more or less depending on the sweetness of your apples.).

Lemon in a vintage glass juicer with a bowl of sugar Photo: Jodi Pudge
This article was originally published on Feb 24, 2020

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