One of my family’s favorite comfort foods is warm homemade applesauce. Peeling apples isn’t my favorite kitchen task, so I don’t make this applesauce recipe often enough. But when I do make it, everyone around me ends up smiling. This is a great way to use apples that are bruised or otherwise imperfect. We have a well-stocked reduced produce cart at my Stop and Shop store, and I can sometimes get organic apples for $1 or less per pound.
I recommend using different types of apples for this recipe. Homemade applesauce doesn’t need any extra flavoring in my opinion. However, to make a special treat I add a little maple syrup and fresh cinnamon in this applesauce recipe. This is a big batch, so I process the jars in a boiling water bath to extend their shelf life. If you want to skip the canning step, you can refrigerate these jars for a week or two. If you won’t be eating all the applesauce within that time frame, you can freeze it.
Maple Cinnamon Applesauce Recipe Price Breakdown
This recipe yields 5 pints (10 cups) of applesauce. The cost will depend on the price you pay for apples. You can often find seconds for $1 per pound. At that rate, this recipe costs a total of $9.08, or $1.82 per pint. This is about $.50 more than you’d pay for a pint of store-brand applesauce containers at Target. The taste of this homemade applesauce is dramatically better though, and it makes a wonderful gift.