Dear Readers of the Greater Rochester area,
Jeannette is a firm believer in getting children involved in the kitchen. She finds that if you let the children help make the meal, they generally take pride in what they have done. They also seem to enjoy eating it more, instead of saying they don’t like it. Jeannette’s three year old grandson, who lives in Macedon, usually spends weekends with her, at her house in Ontario. Last weekend, Jeannette and Brandon made apple sauce. When children are little, they love to help. In the kitchen they can do such things as: help set the table or add cut up fruits and veggies to the dishes you are making. It’s very important to stress to your little helpers that while you have a knife in your hand and are chopping food for your dish, that they keep their little hands away from the cutting board until you put the knife down. If kids learn at a young age how to do things in the kitchen, they become adults who can cook and even enjoy making things that are nutritious and delicious. Now grab a little one and have them help you with today’s recipe. What is today’s recipe? Why, it’s home made apple sauce. So if you’re ready, let’s cook.
Here is a list of supplies you will need:
A medium sauce pan with a lid
A sharp knife and a cutting board
Measuring cups and measuring spoons
A potato masher and a large spoon to stir with
Here is a list of ingredients you will need:
4 – 6 good size apples of your choosing
1/4 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
This recipe makes approximately 1 and 1/2 cups of apple sauce.
To start, peel and cut your apple into chunks. After the apples are peeled and cut up, have your little helper place the pieces in your sauce pan. Now take a 1/4 cup of water and get your little one, to help pour the water over the apples. When this is done, place the lid on the pan and cook over a medium heat. Check the apples after about 15 minutes. If the apples are easy to mash with a fork, then they are done. If they are still on the hard side, let cook for a bit longer. Recheck apples at 5 minute intervals, until done. Once the apples are cooked, set aside and let cool till they are warm in temperature. This way little hands won’t get burned if they accidentally touch the pan. While the apples are still warm, take your potato masher and start mashing the apples. When the apples are a nice chunky consistence, stop mashing them and measure out your cinnamon. Now help your little one add the cinnamon to the apples. Next measure out the brown sugar and again, let your little one help add this to the mix. Next take a large spoon and stir until everything is evenly mixed. When that step is done, there’s only one more thing to do. That’s right. You guessed it. You get to eat it. You can eat it warm, or you can chill it. What ever way you choose to eat it, it will be very nutritious and delicious. Now you and your little one can grab a couple of spoons and have some fun. And who knows, maybe you’ve started a child on his or her way to becoming a world class chef.
Jeannette hopes you have enjoyed today’s recipe. She would love to hear from you. So if anyone has an original recipe that they would like to be featured in this column; Jeannette can be reached at: [email protected] Until then remember that if you can read you can cook.