Canned Applesauce


Don't let any apples go to waste this fall, use this applesauce recipe to can your apples to enjoy all year. It only takes 3-4 ingredients depending on if you want to add cinnamon flavor. Don't just sit there, get canning applesauce!

canned applesauce jars
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
1 hrs
Cook Time:
25 mins
Process Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
6 pints or 3 quarts


  • 8 pound tart cooking apples (about 24 medium)

  • 2 cup water

  • 10 inch stick cinnamon (optional)

  • ¾ - 1 ¼ cup sugar


  1. Core and quarter apples. In an 8- to 10-quart heavy pot combine apples, the water, and, if desired, stick cinnamon. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 25 to 35 minutes or until apples are very tender, stirring often.

  2. Remove and discard cinnamon, if used. Press apples through a food mill or sieve. Return pulp to pot. Stir in enough of the sugar to sweeten as desired. If necessary, stir in an additional 1/2 to 1 cup water to make desired consistency. Bring to boiling, stirring constantly.

  3. Ladle hot applesauce into hot, sterilized pint or quart canning jars, leaving a 1/2-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims; adjust lids.

  4. Process filled jars in a boiling-water canner for 15 minutes for pints or 20 minutes for quarts (start timing when water returns to boiling). Remove jars from canner; cool on wire racks.


Prepare as directed through Step 2. Place pot of applesauce in a sink filled with ice water; stir mixture to cool. Ladle into wide-mouth freezer containers, leaving a 1/2-inch headspace. Seal and label. Freeze for up to 8 months.

Calvados-Cranberry Applesauce:

Prepare as directed, except stir in 1 cup Calvados (or other apple brandy) and 1 cup dried cranberries or golden raisins with the sugar.Nutrition analysis: 128 calories, 0 g protein, 28 g carb., 0 g total fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 g sat. fat, 2 g fiber, 1% vitamin A, 8% vitamin C, 1 mg sodium, 7 mg calcium, 0 mg iron

Browned Butter-Sage Applesauce:

In a small saucepan heat 1 cup butter over low heat until melted. Continue heating until butter turns a light golden brown. Remove from heat. Prepare applesauce as directed, except do not add the cinnamon and stir the browned butter and 1/2 cup snipped fresh sage in with the sugar.Nutrition analysis: 149 calories, 0 g protein, 21 g carb., 8 g total fat, 20 mg cholesterol, 5 g sat. fat, 2 g fiber, 8% vitamin A, 11% vitamin C, 56 mg sodium, 1% calcium, 1% iron

Ginger-Honey Applesauce:

Prepare as directed, except substitute honey for the sugar. Stir in 1 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger before ladling into jars.Nutrition analysis: 112 calories, 0 g protein, 30 g carb., 0 g total fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 g sat. fat, 2 g fiber, 1% vitamin A, 13% vitamin C, 5 mg sodium, 2% calcium, 9% iron

Maple Applesauce:

Prepare as directed, except substitute pure maple syrup for the sugar.Nutrition analysis: 82 calories, 0 g protein, 22 g carbohydrate, 0 g total fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 g sat. fat, 2 g fiber, 1% vitamin A, 8% vitamin C, 1 mg sodium, 1% calcium, 1% iron

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

80 Calories
21g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Calories 80
% Daily Value *
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Total Sugars 18g
Vitamin C 4.7mg 24%
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Potassium 105mg 2%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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