Learn how to make homemade applesauce without sugar. Perfect for the fall when apples are fresh from the harvest and can be frozen to enjoy during the months ahead.
Today we are talking about preserving. I remember my mother making homemade applesauce from an old apple tree that grew in the back of our property. That's what I'm making today.
I don't have any apples growing on my property but we do have a fabulous farmer's market nearby that carries tons of great farm fresh produce. One of them is Dawson's Orchards. Recently we picked up a delicious box of stone-free peaches and this box of apples.
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Yes, it takes a while to peel and chop the apples, but then you can easily make the applesauce by cooking it on the stove. Sort of like mashed potatoes but with much less water.
This recipe gives you a slightly chunky applesauce. However, if you are looking for a smooth applesauce try using an immersion blender or move the sauce to a food processor and pulse until you get your desired consistency.
I was able to fill 12 pint mason jars with a little leftover from the 24 apples. Some I gave away and some were placed in the freezer for future use.
What Kind of Apples Should I Use?
The best apples are not super crisp like you might use for an apple pie, but one that is soft and easy to mash down. However, feel free to break the rules and use the apples that you have or even a mix of apples would be a fun way to make a unique applesauce blend. Also, consider since you are not adding sugar you might not want to use something tart such as Granny Smith apples.
Examples of Softer Apple Varieties
- Golden Delicious
- Red Delicious
Freezing Homemade Applesauce?
Yes, you can freeze the applesauce in mason jars or freezer bags. Just remember to leave space at the top for expansion. Also, use good quality mason jars with wide mouths. Not the type with rounded shoulders. The straight sided jars hold up better with freezing and expansion during the thawing process.
According to the National Center for Home Food Preparation, you can freeze applesauce for 8 - 10 months. So why does my label say 3 months? Well, I know that in my house anything frozen for a long time is less likely to ever get eaten.
If you would like to use these cute apple labels for the top of the jars just click on the image for a PDF page of labels.
This homemade applesauce is a good source of vitamin C and provides a decent amount of fiber for your diet.
You don't just have to serve it with pork chops. It makes a great snack or topping to french toast and vanilla ice cream. Also, did you know that you can substitute applesauce for oil when baking things like brownies?
Just another good reason to make a big batch of your own, no added sugar applesauce this season.
Homemade Unsweetened Applesauce Recipe
- 24 apples peeled and chopped
- 1 cup water
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Place apples and water in a large pot with a heavy bottom.
- Simmer on medium heat covered for about 10 minutes.
- Remove the lid and stir.
- Continue to simmer for another 10 minutes or until the apples are soft.
- Use a potato masher to mash up all the larger pieces.
- Remove from heat and let cool.
- Stir in cinnamon.
- Fill pint jars leaving 1/2 inch open at the top for expansion if you are going to freeze them.
- Makes about 1 dozen pint jars.
- Keep refrigerated and eat within one week. Otherwise, freeze for up to 3 months.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts have been made to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.