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Applesauce Making with Kids

apple picking mini chef mondayThere 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.

applesauce making with kidsAfter 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.

applesauce making with kids 2After all the apples are cored and cut the next step is easy, just cook for hours in a slow cooker. Now onto this easy recipe that any beginner chef can handle, even moms and dads too!

homemade applesauce mini chef monday

Apple Sauce Making with Kids
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 8-10
  • 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
  1. Core and cut all apples and place in the slow cooker
  2. Add cinnamon, water and brown sugar
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours or until you feel the apples are fully cooked and become mushy
  4. Let cool
  5. 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.
  6. 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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3 Responses to Applesauce Making with Kids

  1. Such a great recipe to make with kids! I will have to check that knife out. My son is just two and I let him use a knife with me holding it, but it would be great to have one that is safe for him to try.

  2. reesa November 2, 2015 at 7:40 pm #

    my kids love to make apple sauce. It’s so great to make something that you are involved in the whole process, from picking the apples on the trees and so on!

  3. Marci November 6, 2015 at 8:50 pm #

    My kids are just getting into using knives which is a HUGE deal for them. Love letting the slow cooker do all the work!

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