Applesauce for the Freezer

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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.

close up view of frozen applesauce in a baking dish
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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
5 quarts

Ingredients

  • 3 ½ pounds apples - peeled, cored, and quartered

  • 1 cup water

  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar

  • ¼ cup white sugar, or less to taste

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, or more to taste

  • 1 (3 inch) piece cinnamon stick

  • 4 strips lemon zest

  • ½ teaspoon salt

Directions

  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

63 Calories
0g Fat
17g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 63
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 60mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 5mg 26%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 93mg 2%

* 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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