Old-Fashioned Applesauce Recipe
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Old-Fashioned Applesauce Recipe

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We had all kinds of apple trees in the yard when I was growing up, so I don't know for sure which ones Mother liked best for applesauce. (Today I use Cortlands.) I do know that her applesauce was very white. The secret, she said, was to keep the apples in salt water while she peeled them so that they wouldn't darken. —Doris Natvig, Jesup, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 4 pounds tart apples
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon extract
  • 1/2 to 1 cup sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1/2 cup) equals 122 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, trace sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, trace protein.


  1. Peel, core and quarter the apples. In a Dutch oven, bring apples, water and cinnamon to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 10-15 minutes or until apples are tender. Remove from the heat. Add sugar to taste and stir until dissolved. If you used a cinnamon stick, remove and discard. Mash apples with a potato masher until desired texture is reached. Serve warm or chilled. Yield: 6 cups.
If Cooking for Two: Applesauce can be refrigerated or frozen in serving-size portions for future meals.
Originally published as Old-Fashioned Applesauce in Reminisce Extra April 1993, p47

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Reviewed Oct. 23, 2014

"Loved this applesauce! Easy to make and delicious. I doubled the batch and only used the cup of sugar. Will definitely make again!"

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

"Simple and easy to make. It is very tasty."

Reviewed Aug. 25, 2014

"The BEST! Period. How something so simple can be so good. I might use a bit less sugar next time but that is all. You have to use the cinnamon stick, that is a must."

Reviewed Nov. 18, 2013

"Just like Grandma's!"

Reviewed Aug. 30, 2010

"My mother used to make fresh applesauce almost like this when I was young and I still make it today. The only difference though is that I use either apple cider or apple juice instead of water. The apple cider/juice produces a beautiful flavor. You will never buy applesauce again."

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