Once you make this freezer applesauce recipe, you will never can applesauce again.
Ok, that might be an exaggeration, but you have to give this recipe a try! Making homemade applesauce is super easy and sooooo delicious!
The benefits of making your own freezer applesauce is quite obvious. Without the worry of canning, you can be in and out of the kitchen in less than an hour.
Yes, you will have to have some freezer space available, but this recipe is so good that you and your family will eat it all before you have to worry about filling up your freezer with too many containers.
Not only do we eat it as a healthy side dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but we also use it in other ways. Have you ever put applesauce over ice cream? How about using it as the substitute for oil in baked goods recipes?
And of course, never under-estimate the irresistible taste of when you take a container of freezer applesauce that hasn’t thawed all the way and scrap your spoon across the top layer for a delicious treat!
If you are wondering what type of apples to use see the recipe card below. And if you want to make canned applesauce you can find those instructions here: The Secrets to Making Applesauce.
Freezer Applesauce Recipe
Yields: 7-8 cups
6 pounds of apples – it is best to use a variety of sweet apples
1 cup apple juice or apple cider
3 Tbsp of lemon juice
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed (optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1. First, peel, core and slice your apples into eight wedges.
2. Next, combine all ingredients in a large pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 20-30 minutes. *See Instant Pot Applesauce Instructions HERE
3. Once the apples are tender, carefully puree using an immersion blender or in a food processor or blender until smooth or until desired consistency is achieved. *Be sure to complete in batches – do not fill more than half full when processing the hot mixture.
Finally, when completely cool, store in the fridge for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to 9-12 months.
- 6 pounds apples (about 20-24 medium size apples*)
- 1 cup apple juice (all natural juice, cider or water )
- 3 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar (packed, (optional))
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon ((optional))
Peel, core and slice each apple into at least 8 wedges. We use an apple slicer/corer to make quick work of this process.
- Combine all ingredients in a large pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 20-30 minutes.
Once the apples are nice and soft, puree the mixture using an immersion blender or in a food processor or blender until smooth or until desired consistency is achieved. *Complete in batches – do not fill more than half full when processing the hot mixture in a blender or food processor.
Freeze in desired portions in freezer safe containers or freezer bags.
Apples that make good applesauce and are commonly found: Gala, Johnathan, McIntosh, Courtland.
Store in the fridge for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to 9-12 months.
Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms