Homemade Applesauce

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 cups applesauce 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • 34 pounds apples
  • 1 cup apple juice or cider
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Juice from one lemon
  • One cinnamon stick
  • Cinnamon sugar for garnish (optional)


  1. Quarter, core and peel apples, dropping the peeled quarters into a bowl of water as you go to prevent too much discoloration. (If you are making applesauce with a food mill, simply quarter the apples – no need to peel them!)
  2. When all apples are peeled, drain and place in a large Dutch oven with apple juice, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon stick. Stir and bring to a boil.
  3. Lower heat to simmer, cover and cook for about 30 minutes until apples are tender and falling apart. If you have peeled the apples, mash with a potato masher until desired consistency. If you are using a food mill, set it over a bowl, ladle the cooked apples into the mill and grind the apples into sauce – the mill will catch all the seeds and peels.
  4. Let it cool a little and serve, garnished with cinnamon sugar if you like!


You can leave the sugar out for a slightly tarter, unsweetened version!