Homemade Pear Apple Sauce

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I love all things fall.  Since we moved to the Pacific Northwest, I have also fallen in love with all of the local traditional fun fall activities.  This year was the first year my family and I went to go pick apples.  We had never been, and it was such a treat for us. Before you knew it we had more apples than we knew what to do with.  It was hard not  picking them all.  Especially, for my six year old.  She was going to town picking every apple possible.  I don’t think I’ve ever spent so much money on just apples before.  But, it was certainly worth it , besides, we even got to go on a hay ride!  Fortunately though, I knew I could easily turn some of these apples into homemade apple sauce.  But where do the pears come into play you ask?  Well, my teacher friend at school just happened to grow his own pears.  So, I not only had bags full of apples, but a huge box full of home grown pears.  The perfect combo to create Homemade Pear Apples Sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 5 to 6 Apples (A variety works best for good flavor.)
  • 3 to 4 Pears
  • 1/3 to 1/4 Cup of Sugar
  • Cinnamon and/or Nutmeg Optional

Step 1:  Peel and slice up the apples (thin).  Peel and slice up the pears.  The pears don’t have to be as thin as the apples.  Add the sugar to the mixture.  Add a little cinnamon and/or nutmeg at this time.  I like to cook all of this together while the apples and pears are cooking down so they absorb the sugar and spice into the fruit.  You can always go back and add more in the end.

Step 2:  Place just a little water in the pot.  This helps the apples and pears not burn before they boil down.  You will find that the pears have a really high water content, so beware because this will add a lot of water to your Pear Apple Sauce mixture.

Step 3:  Boil down for roughly 15 minutes or until the apples break down.  Take a potato masher and mash the Pear Apple Sauce until all of the apples are mashed up.

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You can freeze this for up to 3 months in the freezer.  I put these in small size glass containers for my daughters.  I pull these out of the freezer the night before and keep them in the refrigerator until the next morning. Then I put them in their lunches. This way they  act like freezer packs to keep their lunches cold & they are completely thawed by lunch time.

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Your kids will love this and it’s definitely mom approved with only fruit and a little sugar.   Gotta love that you know exactly what went into your Homemade Pear Apple Sauce.  The best part is… it doesn’t take but a little peeling and cutting.  That’s pretty much it.  I think you’ll love how quick and easy it is.  It’s one of my kids all new favorites. They call it “P-apple Sauce” 🙂

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