Homemade Applesauce

This easy recipe comes to us from Farmstand Staffer, Emily Kohlhas. She loves making a simple applesauce during the late autumn when apples abound. It makes a versatile gift when jarred and an irresistible snack on its own or stirred into Pequea yogurt!


1 1/2-2 pounds mixed apples (try a combination of Beechwood Orchards' Mutsu, Honeycrisp, and Stayman Winesap apples!)

3/4 cup water or apple cider/juice

1 clove (optional)

2 star anise (optional)

1 tbs. cinnamon (optional)

1 tsp. nutmeg (optional)


Peel, core, and quarter the apples and place them in a large pot with the water or apple cider, along with the clove and star anise, should you choose to use.

Cover, and let the apples simmer for 15-25 minutes until very soft.

Using a potato masher, immersion blender, or countertop blender, puree (or mash!) the apples until they reach your desired consistency. Optionally, add in cinnamon and nutmeg.

Simple as that! You're done!

Freeze or process any applesauce you don't plan on eating within a week or two.
Check out more of Emily's adventures on her blog All Trees Have Roots.