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Homemade Applesauce

This homemade applesauce recipe is easy and delicious! Lightly sweet and warmly spiced, it’s so much better than the store bought kind.

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Serves 8


  • 4 pounds apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice:
    • Ingredients:
    • 1/4 cup cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
    • Instructions:
    • In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cardamom.
    • Use in the recipes suggested in the blog post above.
    • Notes:
    • Makes a heaping 1/4 cup.
  • pinch of sea salt


  1. Combine the apples, apple cider vinegar, and water in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Cook over low heat, stirring often, until the apples start to soften, about 4 minutes.
  2. Cover and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Uncover, stir in the apple pie spice and salt, cover again, and continue simmering for 10-20 more minutes, stirring occasionally, until the apples are very tender and beginning to fall apart.
  3. Turn the heat off and use a potato masher to mash the apples to your desired consistency (Note: don’t use a metal masher on an enameled cast-iron, non-stick, or ceramic pot. Mash the apples in a bowl or use a silicone masher). If you’d like a smoother applesauce, pulse it in a food processor.

Recipe by Love and Lemons