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May 03, 2012

The Joy of Gardening (for Kids): Make Applesauce

ApplesauceWe asked gardening-education experts Whitney Cohen and John Fisher to share tips from their new guide The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids (Timber Press, May 2012). This week, Cohen and Fisher will help your kids develop their green thumbs.

Tip #4: Harvest Applesauce

Getting kids to finish their fruits and veggies can sometimes be a challenge — but there are a few healthy snacks that most kids will devour. One of them is applesauce. Cohen and Fisher's recipe guarantees the tough work of growing an apple tree will not go to waste: 

"Here's what you'll need: 5 pounds of apples; 1 (32-ounce) jar apple juice; food mill, if available; large pot with lid; large fork or wooden spoon

Here's what you'll do:

1. If you have a food mill, simply cut the apples in half or, if they are very large, in quarters. If you do not have a food mill, core peel, and cut the apples into halves or quarters.

2. Pour about 1/2 inch of apple juice into a large pot, add the apples, and place over medium heat and cover.

3. When the cooking liquid starts to boil, uncover the pot. Cook the apples for about 30 minutes, stirring and mashing with a large fork [or] wooden spoon . . . until the apples reach your desired consistency.

4. If you have a food mill, pass the mixture through to get smooth applesauce. If not, simply mash up and enjoy a chunky applesauce."

--photo by iStock/creacart

What are your favorite garden recipes?

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