Food/Health

It’s that time of year for homemade apple sauce and canning!

THE TASTE OF FALL

Well, it’s that wonderful time of year where summer comes to a close and nature start to change in prep for winter. The air cools, the trees turn beautiful shades of orange, red, and yellow, and pumpkins start to come out on everyone’s door step!

T’is the season for plaid, cute boots, vests, bonfires, pumpkin spice lattes, and of course… APPLES! A trip to the apple orchard is a must!

Apple cider, fresh apples and caramel, apple pie, apple turnovers, apple crisp or strudel, and apple sauce all come out in full force this fall season!!

I absolutely LOVE anything apple, but apple sauce is one of my top favorite things to make! I grew up making it homemade, and adding cinnamon (and sometimes a little honey to it) for a tasty treat! It’s amazing cold, warm, or on french toast with a little real maple syrup!

Once you have tasted homemade apple sauce, you will never go back!! It can be creamy or chunky, or sweet or tart (depending on the apples you use)… it makes you feel cozy, and just tastes like Fall!!!

 

Did you know…

Store bought apple sauce is not just 100% apples. They add sugar or corn syrup to some. (I’m not sure why!) I decided to do a little experiment and looked into a bunch of different apple sauce brands and see what exactly is in it.

Sweet Harvest Original Apple Sauce – Apples, Sugar, Water, and Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C).
Serving size: 1/2c cup…
18g of Sugar
20% Vitamin C
90 Calories
23g Carbohydrates
2g Fiber

Mott’s Applesauce –  Apples, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, and Ascorbic Acid.
Serving size: 1/2c cup…
25g Sugar
20% Vitamin C
110 Calories
27g Carbohydrates
1g Fiber

GoGo SqueeZ Pouch – Apple, Apple Juice Concentrate
1 Pouch…
12g Sugar
0g% Vitamin C
60 Calories
15g Carbohydrates
1g Fiber

Great Value Apple Sauce –  Apples, Water, Sucralose, Ascorbic Acid.
Serving size: 1/2c cup…
8g Sugar
0% Vitamin C
50 Calories
12g Carbohydrates
2g Fiber

Musselman’s Apple Sauce –  Apples, Water, Ascorbic Acid.
Serving size: 1/2c cup…
8g Sugar
0% Vitamin C
50 Calories
2g Fiber
13g Carbohydrates

Homemade Apple Sauce – Apples, Water.
Serving Size: 1/2 cup…
8g Sugars
5% Vitmain C
38 Calories
1g Fiber
10g Carbohydrates

As you can see here, there are some brands of apple sauce that are adding sucralose, sugar, and high fructose corn syrup. There are a couple that aren’t too bad, but overall, homemade apple sauce looks like the best option to me!

 

WHAT ARE THE AFFECTS OF SUGAR ADDITIVES?
SOME SCARY FACTS… 

High Fructose Corn Syrup – A cheap, man-made sweetener and preservative derived from genetically modified corn and transformed into a toxic substance. The genetically modified corn’s DNA contains a deadly Bt-toxin which is a pesticide that breaks open the stomach of certain bugs and kills them. Studies have shown Bt-toxin in the blood of pregnant women, their babies, as well as non-pregnant women.

Dangers of Genetically Modified corn – Harms immune system, causes,  arthritis, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, cancer, allergies, colitis, toxicity in the liver and kidneys, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Dangers of consuming high fructose corn syrup – Weight gain, raises in cholesterol, causes diabetes, cancer, migraines, ADHD, weakens immune system, premature aging, contains mercury, cellulite, blurred vision, shortness of breath, gout, arthritis, and acne.

Sucralose and it’s Side effects – Research has found that your body can get rid of 96.7% of sucralose when consumed sparingly, however, with more consistent consumption; your body can only get rid of 92.8% of sucralose. 92.8% may still seem like a high number, but that 8% of chlorinated sugar remaining in your body gets stored in your body and accumulates, making your cells toxic.

Side effects inculde – increased weight gain and fat storage, increase in appetite, increases in cravings for carbohydrates, causes digestion issues, headaches, prevents proper absorption of certain medications, allergic reaction like symptoms (Rashes or hives on the skin, blistering, itching, redness, and swelling, acne, swelling of the lips, tongue, throat, and eyelids, bleeding gums, shortness of breath, including wheezing and coughing, a runny nose and sneezing, bloodshot, watery eye, heart palpitations, achy joints, nausea, bloating, gas, or diarrhea, tinnitus, dizziness, anxiety or depression), as well as decreases the good bacteria in your digestive tract, while increasing the bad.

 

PESTICIDES

Beside the fact of the amount of sugar added to some, that is toxic to your body, there are also a lot of harmful pesticides that are in it as well, even though they may say “Organic” or “Natural”.

Pesticides – Seven of the most toxic chemical compounds known to man are approved for use as pesticides in the production of food! They are known carcinogens, suspected hormone disruptors, neurotoxins, and developmental or reproductive toxins.

They can affect the digestive and nervous system, it’s also toxic to the liver. It can cause headaches, confusion, vomiting, stomach cramps, breathing problems, brain disorders, skin irritations, nausea, vision problems, general malaise or fatigue blood Disorders, liver & kidney damage, reproductive damage, cancer, death, and is especially harmful to the thyroid.

Children seem to be greatly susceptible to the toxic effects of pesticides. The Natural Resource Defense Council has collected data which recorded higher incidence of childhood leukemia, brain cancer, and congenital disabilities. These results correlated with early exposure to pesticides.

Even just using pesticides in amounts within regulation, studies have revealed neurotoxins can do serious damage during development. Researchers report the dangers of pesticides can start as early as fetal stages of life.

  • Fetuses, (pre-birth babies), may suffer from exposure and exhibit behavioral problems, growth issues
  • Lower cognitive scores, fewer nerve cells, and lower birth weight
  • A lower resistance to the toxic effects of pesticides
  • A greater risk (70% increase), for Parkinson’s disease, even with low levels of pesticides

Toxins from pesticides can remain in the body and build up in the liver and fatty tissue. And even at “safe” levels your reactions can be mild to severe. High levels of exposure can be fatal. How do you know if you’re going to be ill? You don’t. You just have to hope for the best. How will you be affected? Well, you don’t know how your body will react to the toxins until it happens. Several factors determine how your body will react including your level of exposure, the type of chemical you ingest, and your individual resistance to the chemicals. Some people are unaffected or are mildly affected, while others become severely ill from similar levels of exposure. Some possible reactions are:

(Excerpts from – https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/effects-of-pesticides/)

 

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

Can anyone say GROSS?! Pesticides are on or in lots of food, and sugar (or some sort of sugar additive) is added to pretty much everything processed these days! We are eating poison slowly, and slowly becoming more and more toxic – even from the foods we think are supposed to be healthy!… like apple sauce!

These are 2 (pesticides and sugar additives) of many reasons why there is such a rise in so many healthy issues!! Maybe you or your child has ADD or ADHD or the host of other issues listed above. Perhaps a direct link to why they struggle with something is because the food they are eating is causing the issue.

This is the very reason why I love making (along with canning and freezing) homemade food so much, as well as buying foods from the local farmer’s market! (One day I shall have a home where I am able to have my own big garden!)

If I buy produce (say from Walmart) that probably has nasty pesticides on it, I wash it really, REALLY well!! I have a fruit and veggie scrub cloth from Norwex that works wonders!! They have some amazing products that I love, but their fruit and veggie cloth, and wash, are by far some of my favorite!

You know that foggy look on grapes and that chalky feeling on your tongue when you eat them? Or that waxy, chalk like substance on your apples? Well, these products completely remove that and leave your fruit fresh and clean and it tastes SO MUCH BETTER!!! I would encourage you to check it out! (There is a link at the end of this blog.) You won’t regret it. 😉

“Being proactive now in the way you eat and feed your children is going to make all the difference for your/their health, mental and physical well-being, and can alter the future.”

 

I’M A HEALTH NUT

As you can tell, I am a really into clean and healthy eating. (I do have my weaknesses at times though and do love to eat ice cream on occasion. Who doesn’t?!) Especially when it comes to my daughter!! It is my responsibility to care for her, and to be the best mother I can be. Therefore, I want to feed her the most healthy, natural, and vitamin filled, unprocessed foods that I can. I love her and I want her to grow and develop the best she can without giving her thing that will hinder her in anyway!

I made all her baby food, with the exception of buying some when we traveled a bit. (Perhaps another blog on this to come and I’ll share all my recipes and tips!:) I DO NOT feed her any sugar or processed foods. I feed her tons of fruits and veggies, eggs, meat, lots of beans, gluten free whole grains, etc… You get the idea. 😉 We also have been keeping her on a dairy and gluten free diet to help with her Eczema (which has immensely improved since we started!!).

When this wonderful season of fall and harvest rolls around I get so excited about freezing and canning fresh grown produce that I purchase from local farms!! Apple sauce is by far my FAVORITE thing to can, because I love it so much! And my daughter is a big fan too!!

I would LOVE to encourage you to try your hand at it! It is one of the best things you can do for your heath, and your family’s, buy purchasing and putting up healthy, safe food!

It is not hard to make apple sauce at all either!! It is a bit time consuming, but well worth it!! And once you have tasted how delicious it is and how healthy it can be, you won’t go back!

 

MAKING APPLE SAUCE 

I would like to take you on a little journey with me through the process. Canning can be a bit daunting when you don’t know what you are doing, but I will just say this… YOU CAN DO IT! 😉 If I can can, you can can! (Lol! Thats some crazy English there! ;P)

Here is a simple step-by-step process of how I make apple sauce…

1. Buy apples! 😉 I bought 1 bushel this year of Mcintosh. They are sweet and make a pretty pink sauce.

2. Wash your apples thoroughly to remove the pesticides and sprays on the apples. I LOVE using my Norwex fruit and veggie scrub cloth, and their veggie and fruit spray cleaner to really clean them well until they squeak! You can even find cloth on Amazon!(Link at the bottom of this post.)

3. Get a large pot and fill it with about 1.5 inches of water.

4. Cut your apples in 1/8ths and put in the pot and put on the stove on medium high, stirring occasionally until they are soft and mushy.

5. Set-up your apple sauce maker. I know there are several different kids of makers and ways to make apple sauce, but ever since I was a kid I have always used a strainer/sauce maker and love it! You can also find it on amazon. (Link also at the bottom of this post.)

6. Once your apples are cooked, cool them a bit and then run them through your apple sauce maker. It will grind up everything and separate the seeds and peals from the sauce and make it nice and smooth. It’s like magic!! (I always run the peels through a second time, as you can always get about another 1/2-1 cup of sauce out of them.)

7. Now you have apple sauce!!! Chill or keep warm and top with a little cinnamon (and honey if desired) and enjoy! YUM!

If you want to can your apple sauce, here is what you do…

 

CANNING APPLE SAUCE

  1. Buy quart or pint jars with lids and rings. (If you already have jars, make sure you have brand new lids that have never been sealed.)
  2. Fill up a 12-qt canner/hot water bath about 1/2 full of water and put it on high.
  3. Wash your jars, lids and rings and then put them in the boiling water for a couple mins to sterilize. Once they are sterilized, pull them out, draining the water out of the jars very carefully, and put them on a clean towel. Set them up “mouth down” as to avoid any bacteria from entering the jar.
  4. Put your apple sauce back in the pot on the stove and bring to a boil. Stirring pretty constantly as the sauce is very airy and tends to spit a lot and you can get burned really easily from flying hot apple sauce. Let boil about 10 mins.
  5. Fill sterilized jars with the boiling apple sauce using a canning funnel. Wipe the edge of the jar with a damp, clean cloth and then put the lid and ring and and tighten.
  6. Place the jars in your canning rack and slowly lower into you canner/hot water bath. Fill up the pot with extra water so the jars are completely covered with water and a little extra. Put the pot on high and bring it to a boil. This takes a while since it’s such a big pot, but once it comes to a boil, set a timer for 15 mins.
  7. Once your pot has boiled for the allotted time, pull off the burner and let sit for a few minutes.
  8. Raise up the canning rack to rest on edges of the pot.
  9. Pull out the jars carefully, with a jar grabber/gripper and place them in a place they will be out of the way to stay in until cool. During this time they will cool and seal on their own. The lid will suck down in the middle (usually with a “ping”) and they will be sealed!
  10. You have canned apple sauce that will last a good long time!! Enjoy at your own convenience. 🙂

THAT’S A WRAP…

I hope you have enjoyed our little journey of learning how I make apple sauce and can, and all the interesting facts about sugar additives and pesticides and their affects on your health and well-being.

I would encourage you to take a look at labels and see just what you are putting into your body or your little children’s. By doing that, and weeding out certain foods, it will make all the difference in the health of you and your family!!

I would also encourage you to try and take some time and try your hand at some new healthy recipes, and making your own apple sauce or canning!! 🙂 Making healthy, safe food with your own two hands is such a rewarding feeling knowing it will make you and your family healthy and happy!! Good Luck!!

I would love to hear some feed back on if you enjoyed reading the info and this style of blog, and if you are interested in more. Or if you have ideas on a topic that you would like to read on!

Thanks for reading and subscribing! Enjoy the beautiful last days of fall and remember…You are beautifully and WONDERFULLY made!


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