Homemade Apple Pear Sauce

There is nothing better than fresh homemade apple sauce. It serves as a great snack for kids and adults alike! It's so easy to make and has no sugar in it what so ever!

You can also cook pears along with the apples to make the most incredible Apple Pear Sauce. And believe me...I've tried probably dozens of jars from the store, and nothing beats homemade!


What Apples are Best for Applesauce?

As I've already mentioned, this apple sauce is extremely easy to make. I really like how you can control the sweetness and add any flavor that you like, such as lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. But I personally like mine with just apples and maybe some pears if I have some lying around.

Speaking of apples, you can literally use any apples for this apple sauce. Or you can use a combination of different apples. Some apples do cook faster than others. Like Granny Smith apples will take a bit longer to cook than Golden Apples. I think it's great to use different apples together to create different flavors and textures of apple sauce.


Can I Add Additional Sweeteners like Sugar?

That is entirely up to you. I personally like applesauce without any added sugar because apples are already sweet as it is. Plus, you won't feel too guilty eating the whole jar:) Of course, I did use Granny Smith apples, which are very tarty and sour, to fix that, I had some pear lying around and used them. The tarty apples balanced out so well with the pears that the apple sauce actually tastes sweet without any added sugar.

But if you were to add sugar, you can add granulate sugar, brown sugar, raw cane sugar, or you can also use maple syrup, honey, agave syrup, stevia, or any other alternative substitute you like.


How to Store

Apple sauce can be stored in the fridge for up to five days in mason jars or in plastic jars. To freeze, pour the sauce into freezer safe ziplock bags or airtight containers. Freeze up to 6 months.

If you enjoy canning, or would like to can your apple sauce, you can do that as well. Just make sure to sterilize the jars you'll be using before hand.


How to Can Applesauce

  1. Make sure everything is sterilized. Run your jars through the dishwasher or boil a pot of water with your jars. Your lids will also need to be steamed, placed in boiled water, and cleaned before you start.
  2. Peel, Core and Cut your apples. You can leave the skin on your apples, but I prefer to peel them completely, it's easier to mash later. Cut your apples medium to large chunks.
  3. Cook apples until Soft and Mash-able. Place the apple into your pot with water. Bring to a boil covered. then reduce to a simmer. Cook until apples soften and become tender. Remove from heat and drain. Mashing them with a potato masher, food processor, or blender. Mash to your desired consistency.
  4. Sweeten if Desired. This recipe includes no sweetener. Because in my opinion, it's already naturally sweetened. But you can add any sweetened to your liking.
  5. Pour into your Sterilized Jars. Fill your jars with apple sauce, leaving 1/2" of headspace. Using a small spatula or spoon, scrape down the sides to remove any air bubbles. Wipe jar rims clean, very important. Place the sterilized lids and rings securely on the jars.
  6. Put the applesauce jars into a water-bath Canner. Growing up, my grandmother used her stove and pot. And that's exactly what I used. Place your applesauce jars into your pot of water for 20 minutes. Making sure the water covers the top of the jars too. Bring to a boil.
  7. Store. Take out your apple sauce and leave on the countertop until it has cooled down completely. Canned applesauce is good to store in your pantry or a dark cooled environment for up to one year. Don't forget to date it.


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Prep time:
30 minutes
Cook time:
35 minutes
Chill time:
Total time:
1 hour 5 minutes
Yield:
6 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs Apple, of your choice
  • 3 lbs Pears
  • 12 cups Water, or just enough to cover the fruit

Directions

  1. Peel and core your apples and pears.
  2. Cut them up into medium to large chunks and place them into a large pot. Fill the pot with water, just enough to cover the top of the fruits.
  3. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook, covered for 20-30 minutes, depending on how big you cut your fruits. Simmer them until the fruit starts to become tender and soft, almost starting to break down.
  4. Drain, by pouring it through a fine mesh sieve (strainer). You can save the liquid for kompot! Healthy, sugar-free juice for the kids:)
  5. Mash the apples using a potato masher, food processor, or blender. Depending on what tool you use will determine the chunkiness of your sauce.
  6. Store applesauce in the refrigerator for about 5 days. Enjoy!

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