There is something to be said about making something yourself. Kids take ownership of the item they cook or bake. Therefore, children will try foods they normally wouldn’t touch because they made it with their own hands. One of the easiest things I’ve found to make with kids is applesauce. I’ve done it with my own boys at home, while teaching Montessori and through my cooking classes. You need very few ingredients and materials to make this a successful activity for your kids. One thing that makes parents nervous is having their child cut using a real knives. Well, I’ve found the answer! These Pampered Chef knives are perfect for children and puts parents nerves at ease.
After you take the kids apple picking set up an work area so they can get started. Safe knife, apples and apple corer is all they need. The key is to demonstrate how to core and cut the apples so they can do it successfully on their own. After you feel they are set you can let them get to work on cubing the apples. For this applesauce recipe there is no need to take the skin off which saves you and them a lot of work.
- 15-20 apples cored and cut into large chucks
- 2 cinnamon sticks or 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
- 1 to 1½ cups water
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- Core and cut all apples and place in the slow cooker
- Add cinnamon, water and brown sugar
- Cook on low for 8 hours or until you feel the apples are fully cooked and become mushy
- Let cool
- Put cooled apple mixture into a blender and pulse until its the consistency you want. We like it a bit chunky so we didn't pulse it too much.
- Place in containers and either freeze to make breads and muffins or place in the fridge. It will be good for up to 1 week.
Don’t worry about making too much. You can eat it plain as a snack, put it in your child’s lunchbox for school, use it as a topping for ice cream or yogurt and save for muffins, baked oatmeal or breads. What are some of your favorite ways to use apples?
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