Homemade apple sauce in square glass bowls with cinnamon sticks and Washington red apples on a dark top

Seasonal - Fall / Snacks

Classic Homemade Applesauce

8 Servings (half-cup per serving)

Pre time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 45 minutes


Diet Style


Tools You'll Need

  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Food Mill or Food Processor
  • Dutch Oven or other Heavy-Bottomed Pot
  • Cutting Board
  • Chef’s Knife
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Microplane
  • Microplane Large Glass or Ceramic Bowl


  • 4–5 lbs. apples (rinsed, halved, and quartered)
  • 1–2 cinnamon stick(s)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice


  1. Combine ingredients

    In a large Dutch oven or other heavy-bottomed pot, combine apples, cinnamon stick(s), lemon juice, and ¼ cup orange juice.

  2. Cover and cook

    Cover and cook over medium-low heat, occasionally stirring with a wooden spoon and checking to make sure apples are not scorching (add a splash more of orange juice as needed if they are) for approximately 35–45 minutes. The apples should be soft and falling apart.

  3. Uncover pot

    Uncover pot and let apples cool slightly, for about 5 minutes.

  4. Pass apples through food mill

    Working in batches, pass apples through food mill into a large glass or ceramic bowl.

  5. Discard

    Discard solids left in the food mill.

  6. Simmer if too watery

    If sauce is too watery, return to pot and simmer over medium heat until thickened.

  7. Place in containers and chill

    Place in containers, cover, and refrigerate to chill before serving.