October 21, 2013

Baby's Got Sauce

It doesn't get much more natural that this.
Becoming responsible for a little person makes me seek out healthier options all around, especially when it comes to snacking 
Translation: Get your paws off of my snacks, kid, eat your applesauce...

Did I mention that it is a great way to use all of those apples you picked with your family last weekend?
I know, at the time it makes perfect sense to pick five million bags of apples....

Child Labor!?
How cool is this contraption!?

Put Some Muscle Into It Kid!

Yields 2 large jars or 4 small

12 Apples (use a mixture of apples to get a variety of sweetness/tartness and flavor; I used Honeycrisp, Red Delicious and Granny Smith)
2 cups of apple juice or pear juice (organic)
Juice from one lemon
1 cinnamon stick
*Optional: add light brown sugar to taste if you like your applesauce on the sweeter side

Peel, core and slice apples. 
Cook over low heat with the apple/pear/lemon juices and the cinnamon stick. 
Stir occassionally and cook until the apples break down. If you don't like your applesauce chunky, allow to cool and puree in a food processor. If you do this, make sure you bring the sauce back to temperature before canning.
*Remember to remove the cinnamon stick :)
Taste and stir in the sugar at the end of cooking if you like it sweeter. 
Put in jars and refrigerate for up to a week, or can it if you want to store it for longer.


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