You can make applesauce for baby at home! Do not be afraid. While it may seem intimidating, this is really something you can easily do yourself. Today we will walk you through the process.
Picking and Prepping the Apples
The most important part is picking out the right apples. Choose firm, ripe, organic apples. Varieties that are sweet work best, avoid granny smith for example.
You will also need to clean your apples well in a fruit and veggie wash. Or make your own by mixing one part white vinegar with three parts water. For younger babies new to food it is important to peel the apples, especially if they are not organic. Then dice all but the core up into chunks roughly an inch. Steam these until soft, check after about ten minutes. The less you have to cook the apples, the more you can preserve their nutrients.
Applesauce for Baby
Now that you have softened apple chunks you can choose to add any seasonings. We suggest starting without any. Use a blender, food processor, or immersion blender to puree the apple chunks. You can add some apple juice if needed to make the mixture thinner. Make certain this has no added sugars.
As you become accustomed to the process and are expanding babies palette there are many things you can add. Some suggestions are:
- Ground cinnamon
- Finely minced ginger
- Tart apple puree
- Pumpkin puree
- Cherry puree
- Plum puree
- Sweet potato puree
- Carrot puree
- Peach puree
- Pear puree
- Mango Puree
- A small amount of spinach puree
Really let your imagination go wild. Just mix together a few tablespoons to see if you and your baby like the combination. Using applesauce for baby as a carrier to introduce other foods works great and is easy to keep on hand. A medium sized apple will yield four to five ounces of apple puree.