Talking about apple picking yesterday reminds me of what I did with some of the apples that we picked last year. Since we had picked quite a lot of apples during last years trip, I decided I would make some applesauce with some of them.
Before being married and having kids I was never much of a cook. But since having kids I have been more interested in cooking and how to make many things myself simply because I want my children to have a good start in their lives and part of that is eating healthy and non-processed foods. I'm not a total health nut but I try to buy organic items that we can afford and to make my own food as much as possible.
One of the things my children ate quite a bit of especially when they were beginning eaters was apple sauce. I try to limit sweets in our household as much as possible, so I really wanted to feed them apple sauce that was unsweetened and organic. I decided to search online on how to make my own applesauce since I figured it couldn't be that difficult and was probably cheaper.
That is how I came across this wonderful step by step tutorial on how to make your own applesauce from cooklikeyourgrandmother.com.
How To Make Applesauce
I am totally a visual person so I really appreciate the step by step pictures used to show the process. And even though the recipe calls for sugar it definitely doesn't need it so I make mine with just apples and water since my kids don't like the taste of cinnamon.
It is pretty amazing how many apples it takes to make one jar of applesauce. I've never actually done a cost breakdown so I'm not really sure if it is indeed cheaper to make your own organic non-sweetened applesauce, but I do like the fact that I know exactly what is in the applesauce my kids are eating.
What are some of the things you like to make yourself instead of buy from the store?