We picked up some apples from the local farmer’s market yesterday and I decided to make some apple sauce. I figured it was easier to just buy applesauce until I was chatting with one of my girlfriends who said that she regularly made her own. So, I tried it. I got a delightfully warm, fuzzy feeling while making apple sauce on this overcast, late autumn day.
- Quarter your apples and remove the core.
- Steam them for 10 minutes or until they are tender when pierced. I use a pot with a steam basket that fits on the top.
- Let them cool completely so that it is easier to remove the peel. (Apparently, steaming them with the peel on helps retain some of the nutrients…who knew?)
- Blend ‘em up til you reach the desired consistency. You can add the water you used to steam them if you need to make them more liquidy. The magic bullet does not work near as well as our Ninja blender or our food processor but goodness gracious is it easier to clean afterward.
Since there are no preservatives you can probably only safely store it in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. I like to freeze some of my baby food so that I have a wide variety of food on hand and am not rushing to use everything up before it goes bad. Note: I bought the cheapest ice cube trays Wal-Mart had to offer and that was a major mistake. If you plan on using ice-cube trays to freeze baby food then do yourself a favor and buy some decent trays. I have a battle with these flimsy things every time. I’ve heard the pliable silicone ones work great so I might go get me some of those.
The peels themselves had a great flavor after they had been steamed. So, I popped them into the oven to make chips. However, I went to go nurse T and put him down for his nap. Once T was successfully making his way to nap land I walked back into the kitchen to be met with a nice scent of what smelled like charred apple pie. There was no apple pie, charred or otherwise, just blackened, uneatable apple peel chips. But, I will definitely be making this again and attempting the chips too since I’ve got a hunch they could make a great snack. See some delightful before and after shots of just how awesome these turned out.