Local Kitchen: Grandma’s Applesauce

July 09, 2014
Urban Adventures

Mary and Grandma

This family recipe comes from the heart of Pennsylvania apple country . Mary from Philadelphia Urban Adventures shared her Thanksgiving tradition of making fresh applesauce with her Grandma and we have to say, it’s better than anything you’ll find in a can and it’ll feed the whole family! It’s easy to prepare and can be served hot or cold so grab a bushel and start peeling!

Total Time: 40 min
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 25 min

Makes 7 quarts.


½ bushel fresh apples
2 sticks butter
3 cups sugar
7 teaspoons cinnamon
¾ cup Fruit Fresh
2 teaspoons salt


Fill a large bowl with cold water. Add ¾ cup of Fruit Fresh into the bowl to keep the apples from browning.

Peel and core the apples, then slice apples into small pieces and place into large bowl of water. Once all the apples are peeled and sliced, begin transferring the apple pieces into a smaller microwaveable bowl.

Slice ½ stick of butter into several sections and place butter on top of the apples. Sprinkle ¾ cup of sugar, 2 tsp of cinnamon, and a pinch of salt onto the apples. Cover the bowl with wax paper and place into microwave for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, take the bowl out of the microwave and whisk the ingredients thoroughly. After whisking, place the bowl back into the microwave with wax paper, and cook for another 10 minutes. Whisk the ingredients once more, transfer applesauce into a plastic container, and refrigerate.

Repeat the process until all ingredients have been microwaved, whisked, and placed into refrigerator. Cool applesauce until ready to serve.

Applesauce can be heated again and eaten hot, or taken right out of fridge and eaten cold.

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