Homemade Applesauce & Apple Juice

Okay, it’s like I can hear you already… “Katy, who needs a recipe to make applesauce, it’s so easy even you are making it.” And yeah, I know.

Peel apples, cut them, put them in slow cooker with water. Season to taste.

Except, I would have said the same thing… then I made a boo-boo, and my kids had a field day with my homemade applesauce and apple juice. And, it’s just too fun not to talk about.

So, even if you don’t need a recipe to make applesauce, here’s what happened…

I Wanted to Make Homemade Applesauce

A few weeks ago I wanted to make homemade applesauce for the boys to try out their Yummi Pouches, and because I was thinking we needed to take some baby-friendly snacks on our trip to Holiday World.

Joanne cut and prepared the apples for us, and I threw the whole thing together. Here’s what I did:

  • 12 Red Delicious Apples, cut, peel, cored
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • Apple Pie Spice, to taste

Put it all in the slow cooker and cook for 4 hours on high, until apples are squishy. Using a potato masher, mush the apples to the consistency of your choosing.

When it was all said and done, the entire thing had way too much water. Way too much.

So I strained it all in a very fine strainer, over a bowl in the sink.

applesauce-strainer

Using a regular spoon, I pushed as much water as I could out. Stir, stir, stir, stir. Then I flip it all around, shake it, whatever it took to get as much water out as I could.

As I was doing it, I had the thought… “Dang. The boys are going to love this!”

applesauce-juice

Normally I’m not a juice person. I don’t typically buy it, my kids don’t get it. It’s just not necessary. And I’m kind of surprised that I gave it to them with sugar. But, come on, what a fun treat!

Having said all that, you just cannot deny your kids the yumminess that comes from apples, water, and sugar at home.

And they loved it.

We gave it to them in their sippy cups during lunch. I didn’t give them much though, because it made way more of the juice than I’d give them.

Like I said, it has sugar in it. And not the yummy natural kind, either.

Then I had the idea… I think I’ll mess up my applesauce every time, just to make them the yummy apple juice treat.

Back to The Applesauce

So, when it was all said and done, we were left with some really delicious applesauce.

applesauce-final

Next time I’ll probably use a lot more apples, because that’s all the applesauce we got from 12 apples. Yeah, not quite enough. But it was good enough to test out those Yummi Pouches, not enough left over for Holiday World.

And the boys loved it. I ended up giving it to them plain, and mixed in with yogurt, then cottage cheese.

Another note for next time, I hate that I put sugar in this. I need sweeter apples so that I can reduce or totally remove the sugar. Nothing would make me happy than very pure applesauce for my kids.

1 Comment

  1. says

    I was just going to suggest that. The Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp and Pink Lady apples are sweeter. Sometimes a little to sweet for me. If you add some to your recipe, you will probably get the natural sweet without the sugar. You may have to test around and see how many to add. I think applesauce with all the Gala, Fuji or others would be way to sweet, but play with it some. What a fun treat!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>