Family Apple Picking and how to can an Easy Applesauce Recipe.

Close up of red apples and green leaves

A few weeks ago a friend called and said she had loads of apples on her tree, and we were welcome to come pick them. I was in need of apples at the time to make applesauce, apple butter, and all things apples! So my husband and I loaded up our kids that evening and gladly went out to her farm to accept her offer.

Two buckets of apples
three buckets of apples in a line, with green chore boots in front

As my husband climbed up the ladder and began handing down apples to me, I began thinking of all the yummy apple treats that were awaiting us! While fresh apple pie most definitely got made, apple sauce and apple butter canned for the winter were at the top of my list!

Have you tried fresh apple sauce?? It’s one of the best tasting things..in my humble opinion! šŸ™‚ It’s one of those things that you forget how good it is until you try it again, and you then realize what you were missing all that time. I mean, have you tried apple sauce and yogurt? Enough said right there.

So, with gallons of apples sitting in my cellar and my clock ticking to get something made with them, I chose apple sauce! Hang with me and I’ll show you how to make the easiest, chunkiest, most delicious apple sauce; and how to can it for later!

You have a couple of different choices of how to prepare your apple sauce, either chunky or creamy like you get in the store. I prefer mine to be chunky! This way also makes it very versatile as you can put it in apple pie or anything you want later on. We’ve been eating ours on yogurt mostly, but the chunky version is totally versatile and practical!

So, lets get down to business and learn how to can an easy applesauce recipe!

Step 1

Next, you’ll put all those apples that you just chopped up and put them in a large stock pot to start boiling down. You can add a few, then as you finish chopping just keep adding them to the pot. No need to try and get everything chopped up first. We’ve also done it, where if you can get your husband or older kids involved in an evening, you can chop up a bunch all at once then store in a zip lock bag in the refrigerator. This is super handy to cut down the chopping work on the day you’ll boil down and can them all!

front view of three quart jars of applesauce
top view of one jar of applesauce
top view of three jars of applesauce
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No-sugar Chunky Applesauce

Close up of red apples and green leaves

An easy step-by-step guide to canning delicious, no-sugar chunky applesauce!

Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 20 minutes


  • Apples
  • Cinnamon-optional


  1. Start chopping up your apples. The amount just depends on what you have and how much you want to can.
  2. Start boiling down the apples.
  3. Set your water bath canner on to the heat to start boiling if you are canning.
  4. Wash your canning jars in hot water.
  5. Heat up your canning lids on the stove.
  6. Once your apples are all chopped up and boiled down to your desired consistency, start filling your jars.
  7. Place lids and rings on jars and set in boiling water for 20 minutes for Quarts and 15 minutes for pints.
  8. Once canned, set on counter to seal for 24 hours
  9. If sealed properly, store and enjoy.
  10. If not all sealed, just stick in the refrigerator to use.

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