This should be your first recipe for a few reasons. First, apples are nutritious whole foods packed with fiber and tons of vitamins. Second, they are really easy on the stomach. Applesauce is one of the 4 staple foods you feed a child with an upset stomach. The well know, age old BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) has been used for years to calm many a child. Your mother probably remembers the doctor recommending it for you at some point, if you don’t remember yourself. Rice cereal is the first food recommended by pediatricians. Bananas are usually one of the second foods, because they are so easy to mash and feed baby on the go. So that leads us naturally to Apples, and that’s a great place to be!
Lets make this easy, shall we? The crock pot will be your friend for this recipe but if you do not have one, no worries. This recipe can be made on the stove top, in a dutch oven on medium low in as little as 3-4 hours. That method needs checking and stirring and a lid so all the moisture does not escape. Go for it!
For us who have crock pots you can easily plan this recipe around work by cooking on low (8-12 hours), or around house work and errands by cooking on high (4-6 hours.) Your welcome.
First you want to purchase your apples, given a few considerations.
- Cooking apples do not have to be super clean, spot free, bruise free, or crunchy.
- Do not use all granny smith because they are too tart.
- Find a deal on a few large bags of galas, macintosh, or fujis but remember…Small apples mean more prep work !
You are looking for large, imperfect, not to tart apples at a good price point. 2-3 dollars per pound sound about right, if you get under a 2 dollars… awesome!!
Depending on your location and the time of year this might be worth a trip to an orchard…. and if you do this, make sure you bring baby and a camera!