a bag of apples for $0.99 the other week. I took them on a trip with me and they got bruised and soft. I knew I wouldn't eat them and was about to throw them away, when I decided to get creative.
I whipped out my old-school crockpot that I LOVE (you MUST learn to love your crockpot, it saves so much time!). I peeled the apples, cut out any bruised or bad parts, cut off the core, cut the good parts into chunks, added a tiny bit of water, and threw them into the greased crockpot.
I put it on high for a few hours until it started breaking down a bit.
When it was all pretty mushy I spooned it into a small food processor/chopper that I have.
I blended it well, until it was a good applesauce texture.
I spooned it into baby food jars that I had saved (after removing the labels and running through the dishwasher), made sure the lid was on tight, added my own homemade labels
, and vuala!
Perfect baby applesauce! Made from nothing but pure apples and water. Those jars are the big stage 3 jars, and it made about 5 of them. And to think, I was going to throw those apples out!! Shame on me for ever thinking it.
Pop them in the freezer or use them right away. I have also used this method for squash, zuccini, and sweet potatoes. I could imagine it would work for almost anything!
Your wallet and baby will thank you for this one.
Happy savings to you 🙂
*Note: I know steaming is another recommended method. However, I have found this to be quicker prep and easier to clean and less work for you…but I'm not sure if it's less healthy than steaming. Anyone know?