I had some cute helpers today. We made the applesauce and used it to make fruit leather all this morning. I peeled and cut the seeds out of the apples, my 5 year old cut the apples into small pieces with a butter knife, and my 2 year old put the pieces into the pan. I love it when we can do these things together. We love the time together and they’re learning at the same time. It’s important to involve your kids in homemaking projects so they learn how to do it, and remember doing it for when they’re grown and raising a family of their own. There is a lot of value to homemaking vs purchasing all of your food factory made: it’s healthier, more cost effective, and you all learn the value of hard work.
My two year old, Zach, “I’m Captain American with my HUGE shield!” HUGE is his favorite word lately. Mom is huge (awesome), dad is huge, he’s huge, his toys are huge… everything is HUGE!! AKA-awesome
EASY HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE
- ABOUT 10-12 small apples or 7-8 large (just go by how much you want to make)
- 1/2 cup sugar (if you’re using a sweet variety you don’t need sugar)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- 2 cups water (add more if needed- based on how many apples you used)
Peel and cut apples into large chunks (minus seeds of course). Place them in a large sauce pan or stock pot with water, sugar, and cinnamon (optional). Bring to boil and boil until apples are cooked (about 20 minutes). Place apples and water (plus one more cup if you like) in blender and blend to desired consistency. If you’re making fruit leather with your apple sauce, blend until completely smooth with no chunks.
If canning, place in clean freezer safe jars with new lids (seal by placing lid and ring on immediately). Allow to sit on counter top until cool and stick them in the freezer. If you’re planning on freezing it, I’d make it a little thicker so you don’t get runny applesauce when you thaw it out. You can also freeze them in freezer Ziplock bags.
If you’re making fruit leather, I’d definitely add that extra cup of water, maybe even 1.5 cups, so it’ll go further. My dehydrator has 10 trays and to fill them all I have to double the recipe. One single recipe, if you add extra water, you’ll get about 5 trays of leather.
SUPER EASY! No added chemicals or preservatives. DEAL. I hope you love it and I’d love to hear all about it.