Applesauce is a great recipe to make with kids. Whether you start out in the orchard picking apples or simply stock up at the farm stand, include your kids in every step of making applesauce.
Warm with a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar or cold on top of hot oatmeal, applesauce is fall comfort food. Whether you take the kids apple picking, or simply pick up a few pounds of apples from your local produce stand, making applesauce is an activity you can do in an afternoon with the kids.
How to Include Kids in Making Applesauce
- Wash the apples before cutting up.
- Use an OXO Apple Corer and Divider to core and slice the apples. (This is a good job for 8 and up.)
- If you peel the skins on the apples, a 6 year old and up can help with the peeling.
- Have younger kids put the apple slices into the stockpot while it sits on the counter.
- A 9 year old can help run the cooled applesauce through a food mill. They may be able to use the immersion blender.
Apples for Saucing
I include at least 2 varieties of apples in my sauce. I prefer Macoun and Honey Crisp; I find Golden Delicious and Red Delicious to be a little mealy and lacking in flavor. Stayman Winesap is another tasty apple that works well alone or combined with another apple variety.
- Ginger Gold
- Golden Delicious
- Honey Crisp
- Red Delicious
- Stayman Winesap
If you’re overwhelmed with apples and want to do more than sauce them, you can dehydrate apple slices with your kids’ help, or try some of these 17 Apple Recipes I rounded up. Find more recipes on my All Recipes Apple board on Pinterest.
- Enough cored and sliced apples to fill a wide 8-quart stockpot
- ¼ cup of water
- After coring and slicing the apples, place them in an 8-quart stock pot. Pour the water over the apples.
- Turn on the heat to medium and cook the apples until soft. This usually takes about 25 to 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the apples cool down enough to handle without burning.
- Puree the apples in the stockpot with an immersion blender, or run through a food mill.
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