Freezer Friendly Applesauce

Freezer friendly applesauce is a great way to preserve your apple haul when they are in season!
Applesauce is great all on it's own or can even be frozen and then used in baking all year round.

Applesauce is surprisingly easy to make at home, and this way you can control the ingredients and the quantities that go into it, all while stocking your freezer with individual portions for snacks and baking!

What you need for applesauce: 

  • Apples - this recipe uses a mixture of sweet Gala apples and tart Granny Smith apples, but any apple type will work. 
  • Brown Sugar - Apples come in a variety of sweet and tart levels so, if you like a more tart apple sauce, scale back on the sugar, and likewise, if you want to make it sweeter, increase the brown sugar. 
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Water
  • Cinnamon - fresh ground is best, but just use what you have!
  • Lemon Juice - as apples cook down, they lose their natural acidity. This helps enhance the flavor of your cooked down apples. Don't have lemon juice, use any citrus you have - even orange juice will be ok to use here. 
souper cubes applesauce ingredients

How to make our applesauce:

The beauty of applesauce is it's simplicity. 

Most of the work is in peeling, coring, and chopping the apples, but once that is done, it's as simple as adding all of the ingredients and allowing the apples to cook down. 

Then, use a potato masher or immersion blender to blend the applesauce to the desired consistency. 

how to make applesauce step by step directions

How to freeze and thaw applesauce:

Once applesauce is cooked down, it is as simple as transferring to your Souper Cubes trays. 

To prevent condensation from freezing on your apple suace, you want to allow the applesauce to cool completely before placing the lid on the tray and placing into the freezer. 
applesauce in 1 cup tray before freezing
After about 6 hours, the applesauce cubes can be removed from the trays and transferred to a labeled, freezer safe container.

Once frozen and popped out your Souper Cubes trays, and transferred to a freezer safe bag, it will last up to 6 months in the freezer - even longer if it is vacuum sealed! 

To thaw, remove the cube of applesauce from the freezer, and place into a bowl.

Place the bowl in the fridge to thaw. 

If using applesauce for baking, you can microwave it for about 5 minutes (will depend a bit on your microwave) to thaw it right from frozen. 

Ways to use applesauce:

  • Applesauce can be used as ingredient for things like applesauce muffins, applesauce oatmeal, and even applesauce pancakes or waffles!
  • Applesauce is often used as an oil replacement in baking. You can swap out oil for applesauce in a 1:1 ratio. If the recipe calls for 1/2 cup of oil, you can use 1/2 cup of applesauce instead! 
frozen apple sauce cubes in 1 cup tray