This year, I had a little helper with the 2 bushels of apple peeling for homemade applesauce. I love that Kroy loves to help with anything… so putting him to work was great for momma! He quickly tired out and the big apples weren’t so easy to turn on the peeler, but it was so great to get him involved. Not to mention the adorable photo shoot I got out of it 😉 We both had sore bellies from ALL the apples we were eating while peeling. We grabbed Paula Reds this year from a local food source and they were absolutely melting in our mouths. Just the perfect amount of sweetness. It is really important to me to teach my children where our food comes from and that with a little effort you can have homemade goodies right at home! Here are some shots from our fun day together! We are now 30+ bags richer of applesauce in the freezer!
I probably didn’t need to be extra cautious about cleaning the apples since we were peeling them and cooking them down, BUT, it totally made me feel better. I like to soak my produce in Thieves Veggie & Fruit Soak, which is a natural plant based cleaner to take anything yucky off. It is an absolute incredible product. In fact, a friend of mine was able to start eating fresh fruit again after starting to use this product. It has an amazing cleaning power. And, it just goes to show that we have too many yucky things sprayed on our produce. We choose no-spray 100% of the time, but sometimes, you’re just not sure and you want to take precautions.
Notice our doggie in the background looking for scraps. My guess is, she also got a sore belly from all of the accidents. Because, toddlers drop things. 🙂
This little face just lights up my life!!
To make the applesauce, we peeled each apple ($20-25 peeler from Rural King that attaches right to your countertop per suction cup), put apples in a stockpot on low, and cooked down until they were really easy to smash. They literally fall apart and turn into sauce as you stir. I also ran my hand mixer through it just to break up the bigger chunks of apple. I add organic cinnamon in (that’s it!), let cool down until I’m able to handle without being burned, bag in BPA free freezer bags, and lay flat in the deep freeze! It’s as simple as that! Just time consuming… very time consuming. But, so worth it! I love to thaw it out to add to recipes such as cookies and sweets, or obviously just eat on the side for lunch or dinner! Kroy absolutely LOVES it! Making memories and new traditions with my boy is so good for my heart! And, this year, actually any day now, we’ll have a little girl to add in to the mix of activities!