I have always been a lover of applesauce, and have carried on the tradition of making my own from my mother. Now that I have a little one, my son also enjoys helping me make applesauce.
Applesauce is one of the very common squeeze food packets for infants and toddlers nowadays. The combinations are wonderful, but the price is not always so great! If you have not made your own applesauce, please let me convince you to start! The cost is much lower, the process is fun and easy, and you can make all the special different flavors there are in the supermarket. I really suggest playing around with the different Apple types to see what type of Apple you prefer for your applesauce. As you know, some apples are harder or more crisp and sour. The type of Apple you use, greatly affects your applesauce texture and taste. I personally love blending a few types of apples in my applesauce but I normally have a base of Fuji or pink lady with one or two Granny Smith thrown into the mix.
Here is what you needle...
stove pot with steamer basket
Apple peeler - optional but makes life so much easier!
15 medium sized apples
10 ripe strawberries
pumpkin – cinnamon sugar see recipe bellow
large glass storage jar
2 mixing howls
Pumpkin – cinnamon sugar recipe
3 tbs pumpkin pie spice
1 tbs cinnamon
1 tsp all spice
4 tbs cane sugar
mix all ingredients and store and glass jar.
start off by coring your strawberries and preparing your apples. To core a strawberry, simply pull off the leaves and use a paring knife to cut a cone shape out where the stem was. To prepare your apples, I really suggest a apple peeler machine or you can do this with a hand peeler and cutting with a knife. If cutting with a knife, do large chunks and simply steam for a longer period of time to cook the Apple thoroughly.
steam your apples approximately 15 minutes, or until they are cooked through. Pull your steam basket from your pot and transfer apples into a bowl. Do not discard the steam water from the pot as you will use that in your applesauce and it contains many vitamins and nutrients
use your immersion blender to mash up the apples. Now separate your apples into two equal parts.
To the first part add your pumpkin cinnamon spice mix to taste. I suggest starting with 1 tablespoon, tasting, and adding more if you would like. Once the spices mixed in, slowly begin adding water from your steam pot to reach the consistency of applesauce desired. I typically end up adding about a half to 2/3 cup of steam water. transfer this to your large glass storage jar.
now place your strawberries into your mixing bowl and use the immersion blender to liquefy. This is messy! A larger bowl works best.
add the second half of your applesauce to your strawberries and mix well. No steam water is needed to thin the applesauce as the strawberries are very juicy. Now add your strawberry applesauce to your storage container and you are all done!
you can also make applesauce with carrots, beets, plums, sweet potatoes, and many other delicious additives.
I adore being a mom. Each day is filled with small moments of joy...and some challenging ones too! All of it is just too precious.