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Applesauce for the Freezer

Robert Crowell

"There is nothing better than homemade applesauce with hand-picked apples, and it is so easy to do! If you want chunky applesauce, use a potato masher to mash the cooked apples. If you prefer smooth apple sauce, run the cooked apples through a food mill. The key is adding a few strips of lemon peel to the apples while cooking. The lemon heightens the apple flavor. Make sure you use a good cooking apple like Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, Jonathan, Mcintosh, or Gravenstein. Ready to serve as soon as you're done, either hot or refrigerated. Delicious with vanilla ice cream or vanilla yogurt. Freezes easily, lasts up to one year in a cold freezer."
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40 m servings 63 cals
Original recipe yields 20 servings (5 quarts)


  • Calories:
  • 63 kcal
  • 3%
  • Fat:
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 16.6g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 60 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Stir apples, water, brown sugar, white sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon stick, lemon zest, and salt together in a large pot. Place a cover on the pot and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the apples are soft, 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Remove pot from heat. Remove and discard cinnamon stick and lemon zest strips. Mash apples with a potato masher.

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This also works out well in the crockpot. Just throw everything in the crockpot leave it for most of the day and by the time you go to fish out the cinnamon sticks/lemon peel, it pretty much is ...

Love this applesauce! I put everything in a slow cooker on high and in 3 hours it was done. I have little ones so I used the hand blender to smooth out what little bumps were left. DELICIOUS!

I made a large quantity of this recipe with 20 pounds of MacIntosh apples. I left out the lemon zest (my preference only) and decreased the sugar just a bit. It is deliciously sweet with a littl...

Loved how this turned out. I put the ingredients in a crock pot for three hours on high. Ran my immersion blender through to make it smooth and it's ready for the freezer. I only used the brown ...

This is an awesome recipe! I added nutmeg and used green apples from my tree in the backyard! This will be a wonderful addition to my kids schools lunches!

So yum!!! I did happen to add nutmeg, because I love spices, but tasted before, and it was really good. Will do again!

Made this as gifts for Christmas 2013 and four months later my family is still asking for more! My 1 1/2 year old nephew kept saying "Mmmmmmm more apple!" and kept licking the spoon. There's no ...

I addd some strawberries I had in the freezer that I needed to use up and this recipe still turned out fantastic. If you do that and the berries are still partially frozen, just strain out some ...

This recipe reminds people how much they love apple sauce. I left out the lemon zest (no lemon on hand) and because I had used sweet apples I almost halved the sugar according to my taste. I lef...