How to Make Applesauce

Applesauce is really easy to make. I didn’t realize how easy until I got a food mill. A food mill is a bowl-shaped gadget with a hand crank; you fit a disk with holes in it into the bottom of the food mill and use the crank to force cooked food through the holes. Depending on the size of the holes, you get a chunkier or a smoother puree, and things like seeds and peels are left behind, unlike when you puree foods in the food processor. I bought my food mill to make baby food but I have since found many other applications for it, including making smooth tomato sauce, creamy mashed potatoes and, of course, applesauce.

Using the food mill results in a really smooth applesauce. And you don’t even have to worry about peeling the apples first. I like to buy apples to snack on, but if I don’t eat them all by the weekend, I just match a batch of applesauce to mix with oatmeal for breakfast.

You can omit the sugar if you are making this for a baby or if your apples are sweet. Also try varying the seasonings.


  • 4 tart apples, cored and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup water
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ cup sugar, or to taste
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon

Combine the apples, water and lemon juice in a saucepan over medium. Mix together the sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. Stir into the apple mixture. Cook until the apples are tender, adding more water if necessary. Run through a food mill, let cool and refrigerate.

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8 thoughts on “How to Make Applesauce

  1. pam 8 February 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I love my food mill, but I’ve never used it for applesauce.

  2. Shannon 8 February 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Pam-It is so much easier to make when you don’t have to peel the apples. Try it!

  3. shelly 9 February 2009 at 3:40 pm


  4. dorisgoat 11 February 2009 at 12:25 pm

    How funny! I posted something almost exactly the same last week on my own blog, complete with a glamor shot of the food mill. Have you tried freezing it? Apples are acidic enough that you can just use a water bath, or of course you can pressure can them. Then you don’t have to remember to thaw them.

  5. Shannon 11 February 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Dorisgoat-I haven’t frozen it. The baby eats it too fast. I’ll definitely try that, and also your slow cooker method.

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