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Making Applesauce

Johnny makes applesauce with his dad

Mike and Johnny got some “guy time” on Monday, while Emma was at a super-princessy birthday party and Lily was napping. They decided to make applesauce – a skill Mike learned from my dad when we visited my family two years ago. It’s so neat to see him teaching the next generation to make this yummy treat!

slicing apples with a butter knife

The apples we had were soft enough for Johnny to slice them with a butter knife. He carefully diced them, and added them to the pan:

making applesauce

Then we added some peach and white grape juice (just enough to cover the bottom layer of apples), brought it to a boil, and let it simmer (all with the lid on) for 20 minutes. Mike mashed it up with a potato masher. Delicious!

MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

20 thoughts on “Making Applesauce”

  1. Amy @ A Little Nosh

    Fun idea! My son loves to help cut stuff with a butter knife. I have a ton of apples in the fridge so this may be our project for the day!

    1. That was my dad’s idea. Easy way to add some extra flavor (and sweetness, if you are using tart apples like we were) to your applesauce!

  2. Looks like Mike & Johnny had fun! Did everyone get to taste the final product? The last 2 years I’ve done applesauce in the crockpot, it’s SO easy! 8 apples, 1/2 cup water and some cinnamon. Done in 6-8 hours! It makes the house smell so good too!

    1. I’ve thought of trying it in the crockpot sometime, but the stovetop is so fast, speed always wins me over =)

    1. Actually, Johnny does not like applesauce. He’ll eat a little if he makes it, but not much. So he AND your boys are very weird =)

  3. Elisa | blissfulE

    What a fun and yummy activity! We have one of those IKEA apple corer/slicers, too, and it has made apple and pear enjoyment so much easier.

  4. I love this “guy activity”. I am sure Johnny will grow up to be a terrific Dad, just like Mike :)

  5. And we picked these apples from a local farm with Johnny’s grandma (my mom) and his great-grandmother (my mom’s mom). We used McIntosh, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, and Macoun. It was a lot of fun! Make sure you don’t add too much juice—I think I added only about an inch of juice to the pot.

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