Sunday, August 29, 2010

Almost Autumn Applesauce

It was dark by 8 p.m. last evening.  There is a crispness in the early morning air.  Shadows are getting longer.  The autumnal equinox is only twenty-five days away!!  Sometimes I get a little ahead of a season--well, usually, I get a little ahead of the fall season.  Apples showed up in the farmers' market on Saturday and some McIntosh and Jonathan's followed me home.  A few are waiting to be eaten in hand.  And some ended up as freezer applesauce.

I found the recipe several years ago and tucked it into my unorganized recipe file.  I found it this summer when I organized the file.  I also found these Ball freezer containers.  They hold eight ounces which is a perfect amount for the two of us.


3 to 4 pounds of peeled, cored and quartered apples.
(I used a combination of McIntosh and Jonathan but any cooking apple will do.)
4 strips of lemon peel
Juice of one lemon
3" cinnamon stick
1/4 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt

Put all ingredients into a large, heavy pot.  Stir to mix well.  Cover and bring to a boil.  Lower heat and simmer 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

Remove cinnamon stick and lemon peel.

Roughly mash with a potato masher.

Enjoy immediately or freeze.  Keeps frozen up to one year.  



  1. Sounds like the perfect applesauce; I always make mine in the microwave; will try yours.

  2. Oh, yummy! Love your first photo, the jars look like little soldiers standing at attention with the last one saluting us! I've never made applesauce before but it looks so easy!

    Happy Sunday, Bonnie

  3. This would taste so good right now!! Those jars are so great. Are they plastic or just the lids?

  4. Susan, the jars are plastic and bhp free.

  5. yummy and those containers look good all by themselves.

  6. Apples are just starting to appear in our farmer's markets. Your applesauce sounds delicious and is tempting me. I love your freezer jars. They are a perfect size. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  7. It does sound so yummy! I usually over buy Apples so I will keep this tucked away!

  8. I love the freezer containers as well!!

  9. I make my applesauce in the crockpot...apples, water, and cinnamon. And then I can it. (It's the only thin I still can.)

    This year, though, due to a miserable spring, our two apple trees aren't yielding any fruit, so I'll be looking at the farmer's market for some good deals.

    Have a lovely day,

  10. I bought apples at the market yesterday and will be making sauce this week. I love it in the winter time. I used to can it but now it goes into the freezer.

  11. if you had a dozen of my itty bitty snails, it might make one bite. the edible part cooked would be about the size of a pencil eraser. and YUCK is what i say.I only had the one, either that or his relatives were hiding. have not seen him/her for a couple of days, moved on or was a meal for a bird.

  12. Hi Bonnie, That applesauce sounds YUMMY... That does remind me of Autumn for sure!!!!!

    Our favorite eating apple is Honey Crisp... Do you get them up there??? They are PERFECT.


  13. WOW! This recipe sounds so wonderful! Love the little twist on plain old applesauce. I'll make this for sure!
    Your pictures are gorgeous.
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  14. These jars are the best thing I've seen! I searched and found I can buy them online. Thanks so much for featuring them.

  15. This is a new one to me, I've never sen this kind of recipe for applesauce. It looks quite a bit easier than the standard kind. I do NOT want to hear how it's getting dark earlier and the 25 day thing!!! Summer went too fast, I HATE the early dark!

  16. We're thinking alike here, only I've frozen mine in larger containers for when grandson visits- he loves applesauce. I've made an enormous amount just because I've been bringing home apples from my brother- the ones with little spots or bruises that he can't sell. I hate to see them go to waste! I love your recipe! I may have to dress my sauce up a bit like this the next batch I make! (I love those little jars too!)

  17. It sounds like you love fall as much as I do, Bonnie. My sister and I made so much applesauce last year, and we had so much fun.

    I am enjoying your blog.


  18. I just adore applesauce and have never made my own. This recipe looks simple enough that I think I'll try it. Thanks for sharing it!

  19. I was thinking the same that autumn is nearing and I'm going to start having to bring the dutch ovens down and the sweaters out. This looks like quite a comforting apple sauce.

  20. Sounds wonderful. Since my husband's stroke in June, he has to take his pills in applesauce. I am so looking forward to the cooler weather.

  21. The scent of applesauce being cooked down is one of the smells of fall... Ahhhh...

    We lived on James Island. I went back in 2000 to do the Cooper River Bridge 10K... because that bridge had terrified me as a child. I would have nightmares about the car going off in the water... I didn't know they had built a much wider bridge parallel to the original and we would be crossing that one. Still it was impressive. Ate LOTS of good food

  22. There is nothing like good applesauce -- love it!

  23. APPLES!!! Can't wait to make some desserts with them.

    I love those little ball jars!

  24. I can hardly wait for it to cool down here. And I am so excited for seasonal apples...nothing is better! Thank you for this recipe, I'm excited to use it!

  25. Sounds yummy and easy. Love the Fall.


  26. What delicious sounding applesauce! I love lemon and it seems like it's taking a major role here. Thanks for the post.

  27. just put the fire under my bum. I'm going to get my first basket of apples this coming weekend ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,


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