Basic Applesauce

Basic Applesauce
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 40


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 2 pounds tart apples
  • 3 pounds sweeter fruit


  • Use apples that are sweet, juicy and crisp. For a tart flavor, add 1 to2 pounds of tart apples to each 3 pounds of sweeter fruit. Check out my list of apples and the best type(varieties) for making applesauce.
  • Wash, peel, and core apples. If desired, slice apples into watercontaining ascorbic acid or bottled lemon juice to prevent browning.
  • Placed drainedslices in an 8- to 10-quart pot. Add ½ cup water. Stirring occasionally toprevent burning, heat quickly until tender (5 to 20 minutes, depending onmaturity and variety).
  • Press through a sieve or food mill, or skip the pressingstep if you prefer chunk-style sauce.
  • Saucemay be packed without sugar. If desired, add 1/8 cup sugar per quart of sauce.
  • You can add brown sugar in place of regular white sugar. Taste and addmore, if preferred.
  • Reheat sauce to boiling.
  • Fill jars with hot sauce, leaving½-inch headspace. Adjust lids and process for 15 minutes for pints and 20minutes for quarts.
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