Have too many apples on your hands like we do? This recipe is a great way to turn them into a yummy on the go snack for everyone! This is a fun one to make as a family, even the tiniest of members can join in on the fun of stirring, pouring, and mashing!

Tips before you start

  • You can use any type of apple in the recipe, but I like to use a mix of sweet and sour apples to balance the flavor.
  • We like using 8 oz mason jars as they are the perfect travel size, perfect for a lunchbox snack!
  • If you can them using the instructions below, they can be stored outside the fridge for up to 18 months!
  • When water bath caning make sure that the water is at rolling boil.


3lbs of apples

2 tablespoons sugar or 1 ½ tablespoons honey (optional)

1 ½ tablespoons cinnamon or to taste (optional)

½ cup water

2 tablespoons lemon Juice (use the kind that you buy in the bottle because it is better for preservation)

Mason jars (You can reuse jars, but lids MUST be new for proper preservation. You can buy lids on their own in most grocery stores)


  1. Wash, peel, and core  apples.
  2. Chop apples into 1-inch pieces.
  3. Add the lemon juice and the water to a large pot.
  4. Put apples into pot. If you are using sugar, add to the apples; if you are using honey, dissolve it in a small amount of water in a separate bowl and then add the apples.
  5. Cook the apples over medium heat, stirring frequently, for 20-25 minutes until they are mushy
  6. Mash apples with a potato masher or puree them in a blender or food processor. (If you like a chunkier applesauce, I recommend using a potato masher.
  7. For longer storage at room temperature, follow this link for easy at home canning HERE
  8. It easy and fun to do at home with a little prep and a few supplies!