My favorite season has finally arrived! I am in love with all the wonderful things that fall brings us. The cool breeze… Pretty, colorful trees… Pumpkin patches… Apple orchards… Distinct fall flavors of cloves, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice… It’s that time of year to snuggle up in a favorite, cozy sweater and wool socks and lay around as you wait for your pie pumpkins to finish baking or apples to simmer down. I can never get enough of this season. It’s wonderful!
The other day, I happened to stumble on some ‘last chance’ Honeycrisp apples at our local farmer’s market. I haven’t been to an orchard to pick my own apples yet but I couldn’t resist the killer deal on these prized apples. If you love making homemade applesauce, the cheapest way is to buy the apples that won’t sell at full price because they are bruised and no longer picture perfect. They are heavily discounted despite still being fresh and great tasting! I bought a half bushel of Honeycrisp apples and most of them had nothing wrong with them.
Making applesauce is one of the easiest things ever! I plan to make more soon and then, take a stab at canning for the first time. I am very excited because homemade applesauce is delicious and wayyy better than anything you can buy at the store. Typically, I prefer my applesauce to be chunky and unsweetened. This time, I added a little bit of sugar because it was a tad too tart for my liking. The sweeter the apples you choose, the less likely you will need to add sugar. You can also add a splash of lemon juice to make it more tart if desired.
Homemade Applesauce Recipe
Peck of Apples
Dash of Spices (Optional): Cinnamon, Cloves, Allspice, Ginger, Nutmeg
1tbsp Sugar (Optional)
1. Peel apples and remove cores.
2. Place water, peeled apples, sugar, and desired spices in saucepan.
3. Bring water to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 25-30 minutes.
4. Mash apples with a hand masher. If you prefer extra smooth applesauce, allow mixture to cool and then puree contents in a food processor.
5. Serve and enjoy!
After my baby, toddler, and I ate as much applesauce as we could handle, I used the leftovers to fill up my new Pouch2Go reusable food pouches. You know those little squeezee pouches that kids love for on-the-go pureed fruit snacks? I was lucky to receive a free pack of 5 in exchange for an honest review. Let me tell you… I thought they were going to be extremely difficult to fill but they are super easy! I can already tell that we will be getting a lot of use out of them. They are perfect for parents who prefer to make their own homemade baby food. Or you can simply fill them up with yogurt or smoothies.
I was a little nervous about how I was expected to fill the pouches. I thought it was going to require some sort of funnel system or be really messy but that is not the case. The Pouch2Go has a strong ziplock seal at the bottom of the pouch where you can easily spoon food into it. I had my nine month old son and three year old daughter test them out and we did not have a leakage problem. I am so happy about that because I was worried! The company guarantees that the pouch will not leak, even after repeated washing (in the dishwasher!). If you are a parent who buys the disposable pouches because they are a convenient snack, it is worth the $17.99 investment on Amazon because you can refill them as many times as needed and know exactly what you are feeding your child.
Both of my kids love using them. And my baby is notorious for refusing any pureed food. He is one peculiar little boy… Truthfully, he just insists upon feeding himself so this is a fairly mess-free way for him to do that. I can see myself giving these to my kids on long car rides or even in the stores if they require some bribing to keep quiet!
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