A classic, homemade applesauce recipe is super easy to make and can last for a long time by freezing or canning. This version is flavored with a touch of sugar, but added ingredients such as cinnamon, cranberries, or ginger add a super rich bite that can’t compare to any store bought variety. Add it as a side to your next pork dinner or simply serve it to the kids as a healthy, afternoon snack!
In a large Dutch oven or stock pot, combine apples, water, sugar, and salt. Cover and cook over medium-low, stirring occasionally, until the apples begin to soften and break down, 15 to 20 minutes.
Mash the apples against the side of the pot with a wooden spoon or against the bottom of the pot with a potato masher. Adjust sweetness and texture with additional sugar or water as desired.