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A Bushel of Apples Makes A Whole Lot of Applesauce {Recipe}

A few weekends ago, we wrapped Samuel up in his Sleepy Wrap Baby Carrier and took a family trip up to our local fruit and berry patch. We’ve frequented their farm several times this year, and each time, we’ve had a blast.

This time we took advantage of their abundance of apples and pumpkins. You saw what we did with one of our pumpkins, right?

We purchased a bushel of apples – nice, big, juicy ones.

One of the main reasons I wanted apples was so I could make applesauce. However, I did not have time to go through the whole canning process. Plus, I had a little “helper.”

Therefore, I decided to make raw applesauce and freeze it. We prefer the taste and texture of raw applesauce anyways. It is super simple to make!

How to Make Raw Applesauce {for the freezer}

First, wash your apples.

Then, core them.

Throw the apple slices (with the peels) into your blender – we love and use our Blendtec Blender.

Add raisins (organic, no sugar added), cinnamon (to taste), a little nutmeg, and a little water.

Pulse it a few times. Voila! You have raw applesauce.

Pour the sauce into some canning jars, or baby food jars, and stick them in your freezer.

I think I canned more than 20 pints of applesauce. Samuel should be set on snacks in the coming months.

What about you? Do you have any recipes that use applesauce as a sweetener?


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  1. I use my vitamix to do mine, but haven’t added raisins. I am going to try that this weekend. I also learned a SUPER easy way to may apple chips. Core your apple, slice super thin. Lay out on an oiled baking sheet, spray with just a touch of olive or grapeseed oil then sprinkle with cinnamon and put in oven for four or five hours on 200. It acts like a dehydrator.

  2. Ooh, super jealous of your Blendtec! ๐Ÿ˜‰ haha!

    You’re applesauce looks so yummy! We love raw applesauce too. What farm do you guys go to?

    1. We go to The Fruit and Berry Patch. The people there are super friendly, and always so informative. We’re getting to be regulars around there. ๐Ÿ™‚ already making my list for next year!

  3. I always get two bushels of apples each fall – one to eat and one for cooking. I will have to try this recipe this year. I also want to try The Humbled Homemaker’s crock pot applesauce. Yum!

  4. This looks so simple and easy. Exactly what I need! I usually do crock pot applesauce but would love for it to be raw. And my little baby loves applesauce (breastfed and just now starting to dapple in some solids). I will try this for sure! I have a vitamix and LOVE it! I debated whether to get the blendtec…don’t remember exactly what led me to pick the vitamix anymore, over the blendtec but I love it!

    1. I, too, debated between the blendtec and vitamix. Like you, I don’t really remember why I went with Blendtec over the Vitamix. Eh, oh well! I love it though… ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. It does discolor. You can put a little lemon juice into your sauce to help prevent this if you want. But since discoloration doesn’t bother us, I don’t worry with it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. this sounds really good!! could I make it without the raisins? as that is one item I don’t have on hand? Just curious! thanks!

    1. You could definitely make it without raisins. I use raisins because it gives it a natural sweetness without having to add sugar. But if you have sugar on hand, you could substitute sugar for raisins. Just sweeten it a little at a time to get your desired sweetness. Great question!

  6. Thank you for this life-saving recipe! I have an apple tree and have apples sitting around begging me to do something with them. All the peeling and cooking seemed daunting. Now this is a recipe I can tackle. Thank you for the inspiration!