4 Lbs of Apples - a mix of varieties is fine, and even recommended as long as they cook at roughly the same speed. Choose a bagged bulk apple to save money. Avoid using flavorless or overly tart apples like red delicious and granny smiths. Try McIntosh, Pink Lady, Gala, Golden Delicious, or another tasty, firm fleshed variety.
2 t cinnamon
1/2 c raisins
Paring knife or peeler
Large stockpot or saucepan with a lid
food processor, blender, or potato masher
containers for storage
1) Peel your apples using a paring knife or a vegetable peeler. I prefer a knife because I think it actually goes faster while doing a better job and giving me more control, but I do tend to waste a little more apple. If using a knife, make sure it is good and sharp to avoid slipping and cutting yourself! Sharp knives are WAY less dangerous!
2) Once all your apples are peeled, use your chef knife to cut them into thin slices. Rather than coring them the traditional way (cut into fourths and cut out the core with a paring knife, then slice into tiny wedges) which makes it hard to get even slices, try my way. Put the apple on the board and place your knife about 1/4-1/2" away from the core. Slice away that piece.
Put the apple cut side down on the cutting board and slice the same 1/4-1/2" away from the core on each side.
|I cut into the core which leaves hard pieces in the applesauce. Ick...|
|Had to show off my good slicing!|
|If you don't see any steam, add a little water to the pot.|
5) Dump the apples into a food processor or blender, or leave them in the pan and use a potato masher to smash them up (they may need to be a little more tender for the potato masher... use your judgement. This is part of that "cook it till it looks right" thing haha). Blend or process until the apples are in small pieces or completely blended if you want to use as a first food for babies. I leave it chunky now because my 15 month old can handle it, but when he was first starting solids I added a little water or 100% juice and pureed the heck out of it! It is delicious warm, or you can refrigerate 5 days or so, or freeze it in portions and thaw when you want it. Makes roughly 5-6 cups. (10-12 jars of baby food)
|Just add spoon.|
If you like, you can add other dried fruit, add ginger or nutmeg with the cinnamon, or add some sugar. Play with it and make it your own! Hope you like it!