It takes less than 30 minutes and is a perfect for babies and toddlers—and it stores so well, too!
– Apples: You can use any apple you like. – Optional: You can add lemon juice to boost the flavor and to keep the finished applesauce a light color. You can add cinnamon, too.
Wash, dry, and peel the apples. Discard the peel and core. Roughly chop into 1-inch pieces. Add to a medium pot with 1½ cups water.
Set over medium heat and bring to a simmer and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes, or until the apples are breaking down and soft.
Stir in the cinnamon and lemon juice if using. Turn off heat. Mash with a potato masher or with the back of a wooden spoon.
Or, let cool slightly and puree with an immersion blender or transfer to a blender to blend very smooth. (If using a regular blender, allow some steam to escape to avoid an explosion.)
Fill pouches and store in the fridge or freezer. If you freeze them: thaw overnight in the fridge, at room temperature for a few hours, or by submerging in hot water.
You can mix apple types, just know they may not cook at exactly the same rate. (So you may need to cook a little longer.)
You can store these pouches in the fridge for up to a week. Or, freeze the pouches for up to 6 months. View the blog for more tips and tricks.