Apple Sauce


September 28, 2010 by Sara Kreidler

We have tons of apples from the CSA. I had no idea that apple sauce is so easy to make!  Plus, it makes the whole house smell awesome!

Adapted from How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman


  • 8-12 apples, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup sweet apple cider
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  • Combine all of the ingredients in a large cast iron pot and bring to a boil.
  • Cover, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for about 15 minutes. Uncover and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Remove pot from heat and remove and discard the cinnamon stick.
  • Using a potato masher, mash the apples with the juices until the desired smoothness/chunkiness ratio is achieved.
  • Serve warm or, if storing, cool sauce completely and transfer to airtight container(s) for storage in the refrigerator or freezer.  I froze several batches, and they thawed beautifully.

One thought on “Apple Sauce

  1. […] Last fall, I made apple sauce from scratch for the first time and was pretty amazed at how darn easy it was to make, and how much better it tasted than the store bought stuff. Of course, that was before I went canning crazy, so I froze the applesauce for later use. But now that I am quite comfortable with canning and with dealing with mass quantities of produce, I decided to take it up a notch and can my applesauce this year. […]

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