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Old-Fashioned Applesauce Recipe

Old-Fashioned Applesauce Recipe

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. YIELD:12 servings


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


  • 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.

Recipe Note

If Cooking for Two: Applesauce can be refrigerated or frozen in serving-size portions for future meals.

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 122 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 31g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 4g fiber), 0 protein.

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ShannonMLeger User ID: 4216848 17419
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!"

lbroadh2o User ID: 7201056 37168
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

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

LegalSec User ID: 548619 37165
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."

ylrak User ID: 7433572 13117
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2013

"Just like Grandma's!"

Chef Wannabe User ID: 4546594 17627
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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