Super Simple Applesauce

Apple slices

Did you know you can make applesauce in less than an hour? It's delicious, with no added sugar (well, it's optional), and can be a fun way to get your kids involved in a farm-to-table recipe. Let's get saucy!

I've put an * by the items I can purchase at my Illinois farmers market. INGREDIENTS

  • 6 medium-to-large apples

  • 2/3 cup water

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1/2 cup sugar (if you want...otherwise omit to ensure this is a natural applesauce)


  • Peel and core the apples. Then cut each apple into quarters.

  • Put the slices in a pot of cold water with a pinch of salt.

  • Cover and bring the water to a simmer.

  • You'll know the apples are done when they are fork tender.

  • If you want to add sugar, pour it in the mixture now. Simmer well to melt the sugar.

  • Take the apples off the heat and mash with a potato masher for a thick applesauce or place the apples in a food processor for a more smooth applesauce.

  • Place sauce into clean jars or containers and refrigerate.

Serving size: Makes about 1 pound of applesauce.

Serving suggestion: You know what uses 1 pound of applesauce? Applesauce French Toast! Grab the recipe here.

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