Homemade Applesauce: #107 of 1000 Sustainable Food Experiments

Maybe it’s because my mom used to make homemade applesauce for us when we were little, but I much prefer this to store-bought. Especially if our kids are willing to help peel and chop apples! This was a fun weekend project we did together, with delicious results.

This is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and hopefully yours.

Ingredients ($3.50 total)

2 lb bag pink lady apples (sweet and tart) – $2.99
2 tbsp butter or margarine, chopped up – $0.31
1/4 cup brown sugar – $0.13


1. Wash, peel, and chop the apples up into bite-sized pieces. Put in a greased 8×8″ baking dish, then top with the chopped up butter and sprinkle with brown sugar.

2. Bake at 400F for 45 minutes until apples are tender. Mash with a potato masher to your desired level of chunkiness. Enjoy warm or keep in the fridge for a sweet cool treat.

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 3 = <1 hour
  • Servings:  3 = lots of leftovers
  • Cost per person (prices based on Trader Joe’s/Costco): 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness: 3 = when are we having this again?
  • Environmental impact: 3 = minimal damage
  • Nutritional value: 2 = healthy-ish
  • TOTAL: 17/18

If you tried it, please let me know how it came out for you. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!

4 thoughts on “Homemade Applesauce: #107 of 1000 Sustainable Food Experiments

  1. Facebook comment! Becca says: Yup, you might want to try with no sugar and with the skins on. I just chop in 4ths and throw the whole apple in. Then I boil with a bit of water and and instant FLAVOR! I put in vitamix on 5 after finished. Just a thought! 🙂

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