Wednesday, March 3, 2010
When I was growing up, if you had applesauce, you got it from a jar. And it was cold. And you liked it that way. Really!
Fast forward a bunch of years and I am at my husband's aunt's house and we are having dinner. The applesauce came out in a bowl. And it was warm. And darker than I'd had before. Whaddya know?! It was homemade.
Now, I'm not going to try to tell you that we never buy a jar of store bought applesauce because we do. However, since I found out how easy it was to make applesauce, we have it quite a bit. It was one of my oldest's first solids! And that's just what I think of when I can smell that apple-y sweet steam from the pan. I think of making my oldest his baby food. Warm, happy memories.
What? You don't know how to make applesauce? Well, let me help you out!
How to make homemade applesauce:
Take your apples and peel and core them. Slice into chunks. I usually cut them into about six slices. Put in your pan and put about 1 cm of water at the bottom. You can cover the pan for better vitamin retention or be lazy and leave uncovered.
Turn heat to high and, when it has reached a boil, turn to med. Steam the apples until soft when poked with a fork.
Take off the heat. If you have extra water here still, pour most of it off. (sometimes the cooking releases more liquid) Mash the apples with a potato masher. Add a pinch of salt and a dash of cinnamon.