Homemade Baby Food Recipes : How to Make Applesauce for Babies

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Hi, this is Shanis Windland on behalf of ExpertVillage.

Today in our series on how to make your own baby food, we're going to talk abouthow to make applesauce for your baby.

Babies love applesauce and you can also take thisrecipe and you can pears to it, you can add berries to it there are so many differentvarieties you can use and this is just the basic way to get some applesauce for yourbaby.

I have a really great tool, this apple corer that I like to use.

It's a little bithard to use and might hurt your hand a little so I usually use something to cover it up.

But, as you can see, it completely cores the apple, cuts it open, so that makes it a littlebit easier.

Whoops, have pieces flying everywhere, but now we have a cored apple and then I'mgoing to peel the apple.

Some people might like to keep the peel on, but it's quite hardfor babies to eat apple peel and grape peel and things like that so in order to avoidany possible choking hazard I go ahead and peel the apple completely.

Okay, and thenI just chop it up into small pieces.

You can use whatever kind of apples you like or yourbaby likes – a little bit tarter or a little bit sweeter.

I like a little bit sweeter ofan apple myself.

So these are Fuji apples I'm using.

Doesn't have to be pretty becauseyou are going to puree it anyway.

So, we just get the smallest chunks that we can.

So nowwe are going to put the apples into the pot.

Once we add them in, we add water to the pot.

Again, we have to cover the apples completely with water to get them boiling.

My pot's alittle bigger than my apples, so it's taking a minute.

As you can see, we have the applescompletely covered in water.

So we just add them to stove and get them boiling and we'llcheck on them in a few minutes.

Okay, just came back to check on my apples I think they'vebeen boiling pretty well for a while.

Now the first thing I do is I stick a fork inthem to see if they are nice and tender for me to take off the stove.

It looks like theyare.

I'm going to go ahead and turn off the stove, take my apples off.

And I'm actuallygoing to use the strainer for this.

Get all the apples out.

Then add them to my food processor.

Now I want to add a little bit of water.

Apples are already pretty watery and we're makingapplesauce and we don't want it to be too thin.

Although, again, if it is too thin,you can always add some wonderful baby oatmeal that you've made to the food and it will turnout just fine.

So, we will go ahead and get that mixed up.