Easy Applesauce Recipe with Canning Tips

This easy applesauce recipe can be made using fresh apples, or made with the apple pulp from the remains of apples which have been steamed using a steam juicer. To create a unique flavor consider mixing apple varieties, while using honey as a natural sweetener. As easy as this applesauce recipe is to make, canning applesauce is just as simple!

easy applesauce recipe

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Making applesauce is easy, however, this particular recipe uses apples which remained after they had been juiced. There is really no point in discarding the pulp, it transforms into an amazing sauce. But don’t worry, I’ve included additional recipes for canning applesauce using fresh apples.

Select the Best Apple Variety

I am not sure if there is really such a thing as the “best” apples to use when it comes to making and canning applesauce. Especially for those of us who homestead, forage, or glean for apples. I’m not partial to selecting one apple over another. However, Honey Crisp apples are definitely my first choice for any apple project.

There are few factors to keep in mind when selecting apples for making any applesauce recipe:

  • Natural Flavor – McIntosh and Granny Smith apples are more on the tart side, whereas, Gala and Golden Delicious provide a sweeter flavor.
  • Price Point – Honey Crisp apples make an amazing sauce, however, is the price per pound worth the cost? The answer is, yes, if the apples are being made into a juice concentrate to be canned and applesauce.
  • Texture – Do you prefer a smooth or chunky applesauce? Certain apples create a smooth sauce, whereas, Ida Red are known to be excellent for a chunky applesauce.

With that said, here are a few popular choices. But again, any apple variety will do! And don’t forget, mix and match for an amazing tasting applesauce.

  • McIntosh
  • Gala
  • Golden Delicious
  • Fuji
  • Honey Crisp
Select a Sweetener 

There are many apples varieties which are naturally sweet and do not require additional sweetener. However, if a sweetener is needed these make excellent choices:

  • Honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Brown Sugar or granulated organic sugar
Easy Applesauce Recipe – Ingredients

Again, this easy applesauce recipe is designed to create a zero waste product. The apple pulp is what is left from making, and canning, juice concentrate using a steam juicer. There’s something to be said about creating a zero waste product, and as a homesteader, it truly feels good!

  • Apple Pulp
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar, optional or 3/4 cup Honey
  • 6 tsp Cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp bottled Lemon Juice

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Easy Apple Sauce Recipe – Equipment
  • Steam Canner or Hot Water Bath Canner
  • Food Mill or Large Spoon
  • Immersion Blender
  • Jar Funnel
  • Ladle
  • Air Bubble Remover
  • Pint or Quart size Mason jars
Easy Apple Sauce Recipe – Instructions

This applesauce recipe is extremely easy, and again, the ability to utilize the entire apple for a zero waste product is a great gift!

  1. Once the steaming process for making juice concentrate is complete, allow apple pulp to cool enough to handle.
  2. Prepare steam canner or hot water bath canner, jars, and warm lids.
  3. Remove skins from apple pulp using a food mill or with a spoon.
  4. On medium high heat add apple pulp, brown sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice to a heavy bottom pan or enamel dutch oven. Bring to boil, stirring often.
  5. For a thinner applesauce blend the sauce using an immersion blender until the desired consistency is met.
  6. Ladle applesauce into clean jars. Wipe rims, add warmed lids, and rings to finger tight.
  7. The processing time is based on your altitude, see chart below.

Note

The ingredients in this easy applesauce recipe can be adjusted according to your desired taste.

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Recommended process time for Easy Applesauce Recipe in a steam canner or boiling-water canner.
Process Time at Altitudes of
Style of Pack Quart Size 0 – 1,000 ft 1,001 – 3,000 ft 3,001 – 6,000 ft Above 6,000 ft
Hot Pints 15 min 20 20 25
Quarts 20 25 30 35

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Easy Apple Sauce Recipe

This easy applesauce recipe can be made using fresh apples or with the apple pulp from making juice. To create a unique flavor mix and match apple varieties, and use a natural sweetener such as honey. As easy as it is to make, canning applesauce is just as simple!
Servings: 6 half-pints

Equipment

  • Steam Canner or Hot Water Bath Canner
  • Food Mill or Large Spoon
  • Immersion Blender
  • Jar Funnel
  • Ladle
  • Air Bubble Remover
  • Pint or Quart size Mason jars

Ingredients

  • Apple Pulp, from making juice concentrate from the steam juicer
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar, optional or 3/4 cup Honey
  • 6 tsp Cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp bottled Lemon Juice

Instructions

  • Allow apple pulp to cool enough to handle
  • Prepare steam canner or hot water bath canner, jars, and warm lids
  • Remove skins from apple pulp using a food mill or spoon
  • On medium high heat add apple pulp, brown sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice to a heavy bottom pan or enamel dutch oven. Bring to boil, stirring often.
  • For a thinner applesauce blend the sauce using an immersion blender until the desired consistency is met.
  • Ladle applesauce into clean, hot jars. Wipe rims, add warmed lids, and rings to finger tight.
  • Processing time is based on your altitude, see chart in blog.

Notes

Adjust the amount of brown sugar and cinnamon according to your desired taste.

easy applesauce recipe

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