Summer is almost over and fall will soon be upon us. Fall is such a delightful, busy time of year. We will clean out the garden and bring in the rest of our harvest. The grill and all of the lawn furniture will be cleaned and put away in the shed. Days will be filled with books and lessons as the children return to their studies. Afternoons will be filled with sewing and baking projects. As days grow cooler, we will begin baking bread again more consistently. Soups and stews will once again fill the house with their alluring aromas, and we will make applesauce.
While we do not live on a farm or have our own orchard, each fall we seem to aquire a good portion of apples either through friends sharing with us or a good sale at a farmers market or something. Making applesauce is a good way to preserve extra apples for the winter. This is topped only, and only maybe by dehydrating apple slices. That’s really fun too. Applesauce is a good project to do with children because it so easy and fun. They can see the results pretty instantly and they can enjoy the “fruit of their labor” repeatedly throughout the winter. Brighten up any meal by setting a bowl of homemade applesauce on the table. It’s kind of like sneaking in a healthy dessert with the meal. You never have to worry about what to do with the leftovers, There aren’t any.
Make Healthy food with kids
There are numerous reasons to make your own applesauce. First it is a fun and educational project to do with the kids on a Saturday. It is so important that children learn where foods come from, learn to enjoy what is good for them, and that they are involved in the preparation of their food.
Sweet or Tart
Secondly, you can control the sweetness or tartness of your applesauce by choosing which apples you buy. (unless the apples are given to you, then you just make applesauce out of whatever you have.) Granny Smiths and Pippins make a tart sauce while Red Delicious and Fujis make a sweeter sauce. I really like using Macintosh’s. They make a delicious applesauce with a lovely pink color.
Thirdly, You can trust applesauce as an addition to any meal or as a great snack. Apples and applesauce have several health benefits. The pulp and skin of apples contain flavonoids which reduce inflammation, regulate blood pressure, and lower your risk of heart disease.
Applesauce tastes great and kids love it. When healthy food tastes good, kids will eat more healthy food and less junk food. When you make your own applesauce, you are certain it does not have any unwanted additives. You control how much sugar, if any, is in your sauce. It’s just a good overall experience. Plus, it looks pretty sitting in your pantry on the shelf.
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