Ways to Screw Up Applesauce, Part II

2014-11-30 23.52.18Welp, I’ve done it. I found a third way to screw up applesauce. In case you’re counting, that’s one success followed by three fails.

That night, I had some family members over for dinner and I cut up some apples and put them out. After they left, there were four apple slices (about half an apple) left. I was full from dinner and they would have browned if I stored them, so I figured I would use them to make a tiny bit of applesauce, just enough for my daughter A. to eat for dinner tomorrow.

So I peeled the apples and put them in a pot. After burning the apples last time, I was sure to add more water to the pot and to cook the apples super low.

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How Many Ways Can You Screw Up Applesauce?

2014-11-30 23.52.18The answer is at least two.

My blog could be titled Pinterest Fails, except that I don’t even attempt to use Pinterest. But I’m usually pretty OK at cooking. That soup I posted yesterday was pretty good, right?

While I was traveling during Thanksgiving, my hubby and I made applesauce and latkes (potato pancakes) for the rest of the family that was staying with us. They were delicious and the homemade applesauce really put them over the top. It’s so much better than the jarred stuff, it’s ridiculous. It’s like eating an apple pie without the crust. And it’s the easiest thing in the world to make – cook apples until they are soft, mash them up, done. Or so I thought.

When I got home I tried to make some applesauce for myself. The first time I thought I would get fancy, leave the peels on, and just use the immersion blender at the end. Other bloggers promised me I could do it. Quicker and more nutrition – win/win, right?

Wrong. The applesauce looked, smelled, and tasted weird. So I threw out batch #1.

For batch #2, I only used one apple, hoping to speed things up and minimize the possibility of another epic failure. But I didn’t add enough water to the bottom of the pan and, um, accidentally played with my baby a little too long before checking on it and it burned. Burned like fancy caramelization that tastes delicious? No, just burned.

I’m not sure what the lesson is here other than don’t be a moron, but I’m hoping the third time will be the charm.

We Started Solids!

solidsAs I promised, we started solids on Monday, when my daughter A. turned four months old. I debated about what her first meal would be, but I settled on applesauce, mostly because we had a jar of unsweetened applesauce already open in our fridge.

I got her set up in the high chair with a bib, took out a little bit of applesauce, microwaved it for a few seconds so it wasn’t too cold, and gave her a taste…and she hated it! She made some pretty awesome faces in the process of spitting it out.

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