Homemade Applesauce

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on April 1, 2011

applesauce

I love grocery shopping.  I’m not a huge meal planner, but I do have a general idea of a couple meals I want to make and I go through the fliers and buy things that are on sale.  I don’t know what it is, I just really enjoy it.  My son is just starting to recognize what’s on the shelves but he’s easy enough to say no to as I try my best to not buy processed foods, especially ones that we can make at home with better ingredients.  Occasionally he’ll point out the movie character on a candy package(and by candy I mean fruit snacks, granola bars, sugary cereal and other similar things), and I just acknowledge it and move on.  It seems to work well so far – I hope it continues. Since we like to buy mostly fresh ingredients, our fridge gets packed at the beginning of the week and is usually fairly empty by the end of the week.  But the one thing that makes me feel really bad at the end of the week is bringing home my groceries to find a forgotten couple of apples in the back of the fridge or some other fruit or veggie that’s been hidden all week and forgotten about.  Usually it’s easily fixed by chopping up broccoli for a stir fry or blending leftover spinach from last week into a smoothie on the same day, as soon as we find it.  But sometimes when you forget about apples they get softer.  If there’s one thing we don’t like, it’s soft apples.  We all turn up our noses and leave soft apples in a corner in the fridge, or on the counter.  The good thing is as long as they aren’t really bad, they’re perfect for applesauce, soft or not. At the beginning of apple season we went a little crazy and bought mass amounts of apples  because they’re even tastier if you haven’t bought any all spring and summer because they aren’t local or organic or very good tasting when they aren’t in season.  For the first while we ate apples all day every day but then they started to go soft so I made huge batches of applesauce and put them in the freezer.  Perfect applesauce any time 🙂

I know this is a little different, this is more like a process rather than a recipe, but I just want to share it with everyone.  After buying applesauce at the store for the last time a few months ago I was determined to share how I make applesauce because I had never realized how bad store bought is.  This is so easy and so much better than what you buy from the store.

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1 emily April 1, 2011 at 2:07 pm

really excited about this little process tutorial. 🙂 i’ve been wanting to make my own applesauce for a while now.

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2 Heidi @ Food Doodles April 1, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Awesome 🙂 It’s really very easy, but once you try it you’ll never go back to store bought!

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3 Gretchen April 1, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I’ve been making my own applesauce for quite some time and I agree that there is NO comparison between store bought (yuck) and homemade (so yummy!). I usually make mine in my slow cooker. All you do is put in peeled cut apples and some cinnamon (no water needed). After 3-6 hours it is done. So simple and good.

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4 Heidi @ Food Doodles April 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm

That sounds great too 🙂 And the house smells great most of the time it cooking doesn’t it? Mmmm

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5 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 2, 2011 at 2:21 pm

you have the best pictures…..so beautiful! 🙂

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6 Heidi @ Food Doodles April 2, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Thank you! That means a lot to me coming from you 😀 I’ve been trying to play around with placing things differently, but some things are so difficult…

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