December 15, 2018

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Homemade Adventures: Applesauce

After searching for something new to try making at home, I had a strange thought: Applesauce.  I’ve been using it some of my cooking, and thought I would try giving it a whirl.

The question: Where to begin?  I did some online searching and found several different recipes, but they all had added sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, etc, but I was looking for a simple way of making unsweetened applesauce.  It seemed that finding a simple applesauce recipe wouldn’t be possible.

However, I found my answer with – of all places – a science experiment!  Sid the Science Kid had an experiment that used apples to explain how heat changes things.  At the end, the kids made applesauce and discussed their findings.  I decided to take the instructions and use it to make my own recipe.

It was simple

  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 8 apples

For my applesauce, I like to use Gala apples.  They’re more on the sweet side, so there’s really no need to add sugar in my opinion.

  1. I peeled all the apples first, then pushed them through my apple slicer.haa1
  2. I thought the slices were a little big, so I cut each slice up into 3 additional pieces and put them all together in a plastic bowl.
  3. I transferred the apples to my pot, added the 1/2 cup of water, and turned the stove to about medium-high.haa2
  4. Once the apples started to steam, I put a lid on to help hold the moisture in and soften the apples.  I let them boil for about 10-15 minutes on medium high, checking them occasionally to make sure they weren’t burning to the bottom of the pan.
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  6. Here is where I differed again from the “experiment.”  Instead of mashing the apples with my masher, I transferred the apples to my blender!

haa4Now, I don’t have the best blender, so it did take a little time to blend all of the apples.  However, I soon I had a nice pitcher full of smooth, naturally sweet applesauce!  It was poured into a glass mason jar and put in the fridge to be used with my cooking (and a little extra was given to the kids as a snack!).

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There are so many reasons I love this “experiment.”  You could watch the video with your kids and have a discussion about irreversible change.  Or you may have just found a simple cooking activity to do with your kids.  Children can help mash the soft apples, or even help push the buttons on the blender.  No matter which way I choose to do this in the future, I now know how to make some natural, unsweetened, delicious applesauce!

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