Fast and Fresh Applesauce Recipe

Grandma Gertrude Grieb was way past her cooking years when the microwave zapped into the kitchen scene.  Upon retiring from kitchen duties, she had two stoves in her kitchen: A wood stove she used daily and an new electric stove right next to it. She only used the electric stove occasionally. Grandma would cook the apples in her wood stove when making applesauce.

Apple peeler, corer and slicer

Although we are thankful our time-saving microwave, we still manually peel, core and slice the apples when using this applesauce recipe. The counter-top-mounted apple peeler/corer/slicer has added a lot of fun to the apple peeling, coring and slicing process.  Kids of all ages like to see who can make the LONGEST snake to eat out of the apple peel.

Apple peel skins

Microwave Applesauce: Fast and Fresh Applesauce

From the Kitchen of: Connie Grieb Willems                  

Servings: 5


  • 8 apples (peeled, sliced, cored)  – Gravensteins or Braeburn are my favorite to use).
  • 1/4 cup water or apple juice(used the juice we made)
  • 3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon1 pinch nutmeg


  1. Peel and core the apples (we use The Pampered Chef apple peeler/corer/slicer)*.
  2. Place all ingredients in large microwave safe bowl. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap. Put one slit to vent the mixture. Microwave at High until apples are tender, about 7 to 10 minutes.
  4. Mash apples to desired consistency. Uncover and cook 5 more minutes.  Serve warm or chilled.

Variation:  Add 3 Tablespoons red cinnamon candies to applesauce.  Microwave at 5 minutes.  Stir until candies are dissolved.      

The nice thing about making your own applesauce is that you can freeze it or can it to enjoy months later. However, we usually eat each batch so fast there is nothing left for later.

Enjoying the fruit of their labor and time with Grandma.

* Just so you know, clicking the link above takes you right to the product on the Amazon site. We do get a little kick-back from any purchases made through that link, yet your price stays the same.