One of the best things you can do for your baby or toddler is to make your own baby food that is fresh, organic and free of preservatives and added sugars. Homemade applesauce is naturally mildly sweet, plenty of fiber and rich in vitamin C.
Buy fresh apples that are firm and organic or from your own tree, if you are lucky enough to have one that is grown without pesticides. Since apples are one of the “dirty dozen”, foods with a high pesticide residue, it is important to use organic apples. Buy sweet apples such as Gala and Red Delicious. Avoid apples that are tart, such as Granny Smith. A medium sized apple produces about five ounces of puree.
Peel, Core and Slice
Wash the apples thoroughly, then peel, core and slice the apples. The easiest way is to use an apple peeler. The Purelite Cast Iron Apple Peeler will peel, slice and core the apples into 1/8″ thin spiral slices.
With a knife, slice one side of the apple to separate the rings.
Cook the Apples
In a medium-sized saucepan, bring the water to boil. Reduce the heat and add the apples. Cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Try not to overcook the apples, to help preserve the vitamins and minerals. Drain and rinse with cold water.
Puree or Mash
For smooth apple sauce that are perfect for babies younger than 10 months, place in a food processor or blender, puree until smooth. Water may be aded to reach desired consistency.
For babies that are older than 10 months, a chunkier applesauce would be desired. Use a potato masher to mash them up.
Applesauce may be served plain or mixed with other fruits and vegetables to produce new flavors and textures. Here are a few suggestions.
- Butternut Squash
- Sweet Potato
Applesauce may be stored for up to 3 days in a airtight BPA free container. If frozen, it can be stored up to 3 months.
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