Apple sauce from fresh apples

Apples cooking for applesauce.
Apples, peeled and in the pot, cooking down to make applesauce.

Today after Christmas at Grandma’s, and feeding everyone on the farm I headed to the kitchen to start working on apples. A few hours and one bad movie later I had 1.5 bushels of apples peeled, sliced, and cored. I took a quick pic of the start. The wine bottle was for comparison only, there was no wine in the applesauce nor the cook on this one rare occasion.

Applesauce cooking on the stove.
One hour into cooking.

Here we have the apples about 1 hour into cooking. At this point there are only apples in the pot with no other ingredients.


Applesauce, just made on the stove.
A few minutes with the stick blender and viola! Applesauce.

Now we add some sugar so the kids are happy and a bit of cinnamon to give it a little kick and transfer everything to jars. There is no measuring. It’s all to taste, just like your grandma did. This time we’ll put about 1/2 the sugar of the last batch, which for this bushel was about 3/4 cup. By sneaking down the sugar each batch, the kids never notice and shortly you have no sugar added applesauce that the kids love as home-made. What’s the point of being a parent if you can’t fool your kids.

14 jars of homemade apple sauce.
The end result, 14 quarts of apple sauce.

14 quart jars of apple sauce, plus one bowl for the chef. Only two more bushels to go.


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