A favorite for both our boys (and us!) is applesauce, but the applesauce you get the grocery store is full of sugar, high fructose corn syrup and juice concentrates rather than just apples! We got so frustrated looking for healthy applesauce that we decided to make our own! The first time we did this was last Fall and I have one jar left, so it’s lasted us all winter/spring long! It was pretty easy to do and it was really helpful last year as our boys were exploring solid food. We used on of our favorite canning websites, Pick Your Own. They offer great step by step instructions along with the recipe and pictures. Click here to go directly to the applesauce page. Here’s a quick summary of what we did:
- Pick your apples! You want to pick apples that are naturally sweet, otherwise you’ll have to add lots of sugar. We didn’t add any sugar to our applesauce and it tasted great. You can also save quite a bit of money by asking orchards for “seconds” “culls” or “drops”. These are apples that are apples that may have an imperfect appearance but they make for great applesauce!
- Wash the jars and lids that you plan to use for your canning.
- Wash and chop the apples. We used the Pampered Chef Apple peeler, corer, slicer. It made the job pretty simple!
- Next, we cooked the apples. Simple put a couple inches of water in the bottom of a big, heavy pot and add your apples. You want to put a lid on them and cook them until the apples are soft. We also added cinnamon sticks at this point to make Cinnamon Applesauce.
- Now we were ready to mash the apples. We used a potato masher and it worked pretty good. You can get a Foley Food Mill to make it even easier on yourself.
- Keep the applesauce hot and if you do decide to add sugar now would be the time, but we didn’t need to add any.
- We finished by filling the jars and using our canner to seal them!
For full details and instructions of how to make your own applesauce go here. For your entertainment, we managed to find some lost footage of a girls night we had making applesauce! We always find a way to make it fun! And as we look back, we look so different! I think the first year having a baby (especially the first time) is such a blur, now our boys are almost two and we can actually take more time to get back to being individuals, not JUST “mom” and “wife”.