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How To Make Applesauce: An Easy And Fast Applesauce Recipe Using Fresh McIntosh Apples

Updated on September 27, 2012

Fall Harvest

As much as I hate it, it is harvest season. This means that fall is on its way. The good news though is that it is apple season. I love apple season. One of the earliest crops of apples is the McIntosh apple. This is a tart apple that falls apart very easily. Because it falls apart so easily, it makes great applesauce. Fresh, warm applesauce has a lot of flavor. It is a wonderful treat. You can have it as a snack, side dish, or dessert. I love it on pancakes and french toast. As it is almost 100% apples, it is Weight Watchers friendly. (Fruit has no points plus value.) Once you have had it, it will be difficult to go back to a store bought jar of applesauce.

This recipe is very easy. Most recipes use a food mill to make smooth applesauce. We will just use a specific type of apple, the McIntosh apple. Our applesauce should be ready in thirty minutes or less. I recommend using a pot with a thick bottom. The thicker bottomed pots help to protect against scorching.

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The Secret To This Recipe - The McIntosh Apple

When you hear McIntosh, you likely think of the Macintosh computer. While I am writing this recipe on a Mac, that is not what makes this recipe so wonderful. The McIntosh apple is the best apple to use for applesauce. It is a red apple with greenish/brownish patches and a greenish brownish tint behind the red. It is a shorter apple and tends to be medium small to medium-large in size. It tends to ripen in mid-late september. Groceries sometimes have these apples available by the bag throughout other times of the year as well as the harvest season. The McIntosh is a tart apple. It tends to soften and sweeten as it ages. Once they are picked, they store well at 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Just sprinkle them with some water before you store them. They will often last through November.

  • Sweet, tart flavor
  • Aromatic
  • Excellent for applesauce
  • Fair for pies, the apples will not hold their shape once baked
  • If stored properly, will keep until Thanksgiving

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Around 4-6 cups, apple size greatly affects yield


  • 8 McIntosh apples
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, or sweeten to taste. The apples are sweeter later in the season.
  • at least a 2 quart pot, thick bottoms work the best
  • cinnamon, optional


  1. Peel and core the apples.
  2. Slice apples into eights.
  3. Place apples into a 2 quart or larger pot with a thick bottom.
  4. Add water.
  5. Place apples on stovetop. Bring the apples to a boil.
  6. Once apples are boiling, turn the heat down. Use the lowest temperature that is possible while keeping it high enough for the apples to cook. This will prevent scorching.
  7. After 5-10 minutes check your apples. Give them a stir. Applesauce is done when the apples have fallen apart. If it is not done, continue cooking and check after another 5-10 minutes.
  8. Once the apples have fallen apart, add the sugar. Around 2 tablespoons is the guideline. Use more or less based on your preferences and the tartness of the apples.
  9. Serve warm or cold. It is delicious both ways! Some people like to sprinkle a little cinnamon on top of each serving to give the applesauce a bit of extra flavor and a finished look.


Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 65
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 17 g6%
Sugar 13 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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    • Nicole Winter profile image

      Nicole A. Winter 

      6 years ago from Chicago, IL

      This looks fantastic, I'm looking forward to giving this recipe a try :)

    • Lwelch profile imageAUTHOR

      Lena Welch 

      6 years ago from USA

      Yep :) and both Macs and Mc's are a good thing! I know that these apples are harder to find in warmer climates. They get mushy easily - hence why they are great for applesauce - but that makes them go bad easily.

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      Vespa Woolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love McIntosh apples, but unfortunately we can't find them here. I use a similar method, though. I haven't made applesauce in a long time and now I think I will! Funny that you used a Mac to write this hub on McIntosh. : )

    • Lwelch profile imageAUTHOR

      Lena Welch 

      6 years ago from USA

      Let me know how it goes. This recipe is the best part of fall in my house!

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      Jean Bakula 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      I bet the house smells wonderful too while you are making it. I have a big bowl of apples that I was thinking of using up, I think I will try this!

    • Lwelch profile imageAUTHOR

      Lena Welch 

      6 years ago from USA

      Try it and let me know. I love it. Applesauce in a jar is good but out of the pot it is amazing! I think other types of apples will work, but some will not fall apart as easily as the McIntosh variety and will take more work. You're welcome!

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      Felix J Hernandez 

      6 years ago from All over the USA

      I love applesauce and until now had never thought of making it. Thank you for this recipe.


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