Homemade Applesauce


By Lori Taylor

Having a fresh and easy homemade applesauce recipe on hand is a necessity for any produce-conscious person, and we’ve found our favorite. And I don’t know about you, but even the kids around me can tell the difference between canned applesauce and homemade. It’s all about quality apples!


  • 6 apples
  • 1 cup water
  • lemon (for lemon juice)
  • tsp cinnamon


  1. Add apples, water, and cinnamon in a saucepan
  2. Cover and cook over low-medium heat until apples are soft, roughly 20 minutes
  3. Allow to cool, then smash up with a fork until desired thickness

Why lemon?

I’ve found that as the apples cook on the stove, some of the natural acidic taste evaporates out and can leave the taste a little dull. A squeeze of lemon juice brings it back.

How Long does homemade apple sauce last?

This is one of the best parts! You can actually freeze bags and they can stay good for 3-4 weeks. If you don’t freeze it, use in 7 days. Growing up, at the end of summer we’d make gallons and freeze it to last all the way til hot apple cider in the winter months.

Homemade Applesauce

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Course: Side Dishes, Snacks
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Kid-Friendly, Vegetarian


  • 6 Ambrosia apples peeled, cored, & quartered
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp Meyer lemon juice freshly squeezed


  • Place all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until apples are soft, about 30 minutes. With a slotted spoon, carefully place the apples in a food processor or blender and puree. If the mixture is too thick, pour in the residual liquid from the saucepan as needed.
  • Serve immediately for warm sauce or refrigerate for future use.


With most applesauce I like to add a little cinnamon but Ambrosia Apples have a great flavor all by themselves.
Recipe and photo provided by Melissa’s – http://www.melissas.com
Lori Taylor

Author: Lori Taylor

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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