Learn the easiest way to make a batch of Homemade Applesauce Pouches for easy snacks and meal components. It takes less than 30 minutes and is a perfect for babies and toddlers—and it stores so well, too!
I sometimes buy applesauce pouches at the store, but when apples are in season and I can get them for a low price, making them at home is a favorite option. This method, which involves simply simmering diced apples until soft on the stove into homemade applesauce, is fast and delivers consistently great results.
You can store these pouches in the fridge to serve as a side or snack, or you can pop them into the freezer to thaw one at a time on future days.
This method can be a real money saver and is a convenient way to meal prep toddler food.
(Find Recipes that Use Applesauce if you find yourself with any leftovers to use up.)
Contents hide 1 Applesauce Pouches 2 Your toddler won’t eat? Help is here! 3 Ingredients You Need 4 Step-by-Step Instructions 5 Best Pouches for Applesauce 6 How to Store 7 Best Tips for Success 8 Related Recipes 9 Favorite Applesauce Pouches
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Ingredients You Need
To make this applesauce pouch recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients so you know what to have on hand and pick up at the store.
- Apples: You can use any apple you like for this, though ones that taste good fresh will have the best flavor here. (So try to taste one first, or use a variety you know you enjoy.) You can do a combination of apple types, too, just know that they may not cook at exactly the same rate (so you might need to cook a little longer).
- Optional: You can add a little lemon juice to boost the flavor and to keep the finished applesauce a light color. You can add cinnamon, too, if you want to add some spice.
You can start with frozen apples if that’s what you have on hand, too.
Here’s a look at the method involved in making this apple recipe. Scroll to the end of the post for the specific amounts and timing.
- Peel the apples (if peeling), and dice into even pieces. (More or less!)
- Add to a pot with the water and bring to a simmer.
- Cover and cook until soft, stirring occasionally. Stirring will help the apple break down. You can also mash with a potato masher or the back of a spoon.
- Puree very smoothly with an immersion blender or a traditional blender. If using a traditional blender, allow some steam to escape as you blend to ensure it doesn’t explode. (Important!)
You’ll want to puree the applesauce smoothly so it can easily be sucked out of a pouch. Chunky applesauce may get stuck in the pouch spout.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best apple for homemade applesauce?
Our favorite apples include Pink Lady, Granny Smith, MacIntosh, Opal, Envy, and Golden Delicious.
How long will homemade applesauce pouches last?
You can store these pouches in the fridge for up to a week. Or, freeze the pouches for up to 6 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge, at room temperature for a few hours, or by submerging in hot water.
Why do you put lemon juice in applesauce?
Lemon juice can brighten the flavor and keep the color of applesauce a little lighter. It is not necessary for either of those things though.
Best Pouches for Applesauce
We have two favorite reusable pouches:
These are a more classic baby food pouch that come in a set of 6 and are available in three sizes. (Which is great since you can use larger ones for older kids.) The bottom zipper opens for easy cleaning and they are easy to store and freeze.
Squeasy Gear Pouch
These pouches are less likely to be purposefully or accidentally spilled (there’s a little leak-guard on the inside of the spout), so they are a great option. They are a little less easy to batch prep since each one costs more money—but that would be an option if you have a few.
(You could also simply freeze homemade applesauce in an ice cube tray, transfer frozen cubes to a freezer bag, then thaw a few at a time to fill the pouch you have on the day you want to serve it. The cubes will thaw at room temperature over the course of a few hours or overnight in the fridge.)
How to Store
You can store these pouches in the fridge for up to a week. Or, freeze the pouches for up to 6 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge, at room temperature for a few hours, or more quickly by submerging in hot water.
Best Tips for Success
- Use apples that taste good fresh for the best flavor.
- You can mix apple types, just know they may not cook at exactly the same rate. (So you may need to cook a little longer.)
- Stir a few times during cooking to help the apples cook evenly.
- If the applesauce is boiling rapidly when the pot is covered, turn down the heat slightly. You want it to simmer to avoid it cooking too quickly or burning.
- Portion into a reusable pouch for babies and toddlers. If using the type of pouch with a zipper on the bottom, like the ones shown throughout this post, avoid over filling as the pouch won’t seal if there’s too much puree.
- You can also use my Instant Pot Applesauce or Crockpot Applesauce recipes as the base for your pouches, then blend them smooth and fill.