This is a post about applesauce.
March 19, 2010

When Donald and I started on the path of homemade baby food, we decided that we were going to follow our own pattern of food introduction.  And we did.  We waited until we felt that Charlotte was giving us cues that she was ready for solid foods before we made her first cereal, a quinoa and breast-milk blend that she wound up not giving a hoot about.  Then we waited some more before we made her second cereal, a barley and breast-milk blend that she was also pretty unenthused about.  So we waited some more and then made her third cereal, an oatmeal and breast-milk blend that she could not have cared less about.

At that point, we decided that she was probably ready for some flavor.

After a lot of research and fretting, Donald and I decided that applesauce would be a good way to introduce fruit to Charlotte.  On his way home from work one evening, Donald picked up a few apples.  And then, the following morning, he kissed me good-bye and said something about me making applesauce.

And I was like SAY WHAT?!

Because I do not make applesauce.  I buy applesauce.  My parents make applesauce.  They make the best applesauce in the world!  THE BEST!  IN THE WORLD!  But not me.  I have never made applesauce in my life.  But the hippy baby-food-maker in me could not possibly admit to this, OH NO.  I was going to make applesauce come Hell or high water.

So the first thing I did was telephone Donald and mention that yes, indeed, in accordance with our conversation that morning, I would be making applesauce.  I was kind of hoping that he would drop a hint or two (or twelve) about how to go about with the applesauce-making.  But he did not.  He was more like, well, DUH, that’s what you said you would do.  And I was all, yeah, WATCH ME.  Watch me make applesauce.  I am going to be the queen of applesauce-makers.

Provided I can, you know, figure out how to make it.

Strike one.

Next, I took a walk to my parents’ house and casually dropped into friendly conversation that Charlotte and I were going to head home and make some applesauce.  WHAT?  Like you’ve never done something like that?  PLEASE, WE HAVE ALL DONE THIS.  Or.  At least I have.  I do this quite a lot actually - just casually drop a topic into rotation in the mad hopes that the person I’m conversing with happens to moonlight as a telepathic genius.  I just figured that the people who make the best applesauce in the world (THE BEST!  IN THE WORLD!) might have some tips or advice, but no matter how much I dangled that line, they did not bite.

I guess my parents do not dabble in mind-reading after all.  And having lived in their home for the better part of two decades, all I have to say about that is YOU COULD HAVE FOOLED ME.

Strike two.

So that pretty much left me with actually learning how to make applesauce.  Which.  Okay, this may seem like an obvious path to everybody reading this.  It’s like when I decided to make peppermint bark and I started something like six fires in my kitchen while trying to melt the chocolate.  And when I told people how my peppermint bark had come to be, they all said the exact same thing.  DID YOU USE A DOUBLE BOILER?  And I was like IT DOES NO GOOD TO TELL ME ABOUT THIS MAGIC CALLED A DOUBLE BOILER NOW.

But if I had just done a little googling, I would have been spared the kitchen fires and the double boiler comments that will not die.

ANYWAY, I digress…so guess what?  It turns out that applesauce is really easy to make.  All I had to do was chop up the apples Donald bought and toss them in a pot with a little bit of water.  Not only was it the easiest thing I have ever done…it was also a raging success.  We have finally found a food that my daughter cannot get enough of.

Oh?  And also?  My parents really do make the best applesauce in the world.  THE BEST!  IN THE WORLD!

Except for, you know, MINE.  No, really.  Charlotte says so.  And a face that sweet never lies.

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  1. By Cynthia on March 19, 2010

    Soo cute Charlotte is, and who doesn’t love applesauce right!  That is awesome that you thought it was going to be hard, it is really super easy and look now you are the queen of applesauce!

  2. By on March 19, 2010

    mmm applesauce :) Once again, Charlotte looks adorable :)

  3. By Jasmine on March 19, 2010

    I think you put up pics of your baby just to make me jealous that I’ll never have a fair child with light eyes….stop torturing me! ;)

    I have secret love for those cute squishy pale babies. SO cute.

  4. By on March 19, 2010

    Ha! I’ve never made applesauce either. I’ve been making steamed veggies and brown rice puree, but I found a great deal on organic applesauce a few weeks ago and stocked up. And then I gave up the idea of making my own—funny how that works. Once I run out, I’ll take your word that it’s easy and give it a try. It definitely makes those pasty baby cereals more palatable. Love Charlotte’s messy face!

  5. By Stephanie on March 19, 2010

    I have a few recipes on my baby food recipe blog and I read that it was super easy, as well. Just cook some apples and once they’re tender, puree them. Done.

    They also said that you could core out an apple, put a cinnamon stick in the middle and bake it till tender. Once it’s tender, puree it and it will be cinnamon infused applesauce. Babies LOVE spices, as well. Just not spicy spices.

    if you want some more recipes, check out:

  6. By on March 19, 2010

    Yay for applesauce!  And yay for applesauce face!  You should let her mush it around on her highchair (or bumbo) tray - that’s so much fun!  Such a cutie-patoot!

    I made Hadley’s food too and used this great recipe book that I can’t for the life of me remember the name of and it’s currently packed in storage…  Basically, it was steaming the fruits and vegis in the microwave (I am not much of a chef here), pureeing and freezing in icecube trays.  It was great because I would go to the farmers market to pick up organic fruits and vegis, spend an hour pureeing and we were set for a week!  The frozen food is good for a month (I placed in freezer bags and dated the bags).  But even though I can not remember the name of that book, is an excellent site.

  7. By Megan R. on March 19, 2010

    I give it to you for making your own food for Charlotte.  I love the idea of it.  Every once in awhile I puree up the meal that I have prepared for my husband and I, and I serve it up to our daughter.  But, I do not take the time out specifically to prepare food for her.  I barely get the time to prepare meals for myself and my husband.  Earth’s Best is just going to have to do…not too many complaints from the baby Finnley department just yet…so, I am going with it!

  8. By amy on March 19, 2010

    I’m a terrible cook but I took on the mindset that I COULD and WOULD make all of my daughter’s baby food MYSELF. As you can imagine, my experience was much like yours. I was scared to death, would drop hints to all of my friends, and finally just took the plunge and found it was easy and a rip-roaring success.

    I’m still an awful cook though.

  9. By Tracy on March 19, 2010

    I dunno….I kick ass at applesauce….we may have to have a sauce-off! It’s one of my Thanksgiving traditions. (shhh…don’t tell my family how easy it is!)

  10. By on March 19, 2010

    Your comments about the double boiler had me rolling on the floor in peals of laughter.  I am so glad you figured out the secrets of making applesauce.  Once I discover how easy it is to make something like that at home, it’s difficult for me ever to go back to store bought again.

  11. By Beth on March 19, 2010

    I second the website for recipes, etc. Also, I have read “Feeding Baby Green” by Dr. Alan Greene and it has changed my life!! I highly recommend it. 

    Just wait til you put some sweet potatoes in her mouth. OOOOO boy!  But go for some green veggies first and lots of them!

  12. By erin on March 19, 2010

    HAHA I had the same experience.  My mom and my grandmother make THE BEST! applesauce IN THE WORLD! and I was determined to make Hannah’s.  BUY APPLESAUCE?  That was for wimps.  But… I did not know how to make applesauce.  I use the purple book (Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron) and make it her way, and it’s great: peel, core, and slice apples into a baking dish, add a tablespoon of water per apple, cover and microwave for 2 minutes per apple.  Then I whiz in the food processor and voila, delicious applesauce.

    That said, I HATE peeling apples (and since I am peeling pears also for her, getting out of peeling apples is a very good thing) and Trader’s Joe’s unsweetened applesauce works out to the same price as making my own, and less work.  And it’s pretty decent.

  13. By Lauren @ In the Pudding Club on March 20, 2010

    Awww, look how happy she is with Momma’s applesauce. 

    After you mentioned Quinoa, I picked up some Quinoa flakes - Eloise isn’t a fan of them as porridge but they’re great for thickening up and adding texture to her purees.

  14. By Elizabeth on March 20, 2010

    hilarious.  and awesome.  Sawyer’s first foods have all been off my plate and then a piece of Oatmeal Pecan bread.  Yes, I fed my five-month-old nuts.  I’m an idiot, okay… I already knew that.  Luckily, he doesn’t appear to be allergic!

  15. By Elly on March 21, 2010

    Haha, you a brilliant, Lady! When it comes to cooking, I always have to amp myself up for it, and prepare for the possible fires and disasters and what not. I suspect cooking would be easier if instead of amping myself up I just got on with it.  Glad that apple sauce came out well, with no fires!  v

  16. By Domesticated Gal on March 21, 2010

    My mother used to make applesauce.  It looked incredibly complicated though.  (Or at least it looked that way.  From the couch.)  And involved whole sticks of cinnamon.  That she didn’t always remember to take out of the pot before serving.

    BTW - read your about me page, and now feel I have a kindred spirit in the hatred of Bleu Cheese:

  17. By *emilie* on March 22, 2010

    i love apple sauce.
    did you put any sugar in the one you made for Charlotte ? i can’t make up my mind about the sugar / no sugar thing.. i find sugarfree homemade applesauce has quite a bite to it for a baby, doesn’t it ??





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