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Problems with Apple Sauce

You ‘ve probably come across these problems with applesauce in your research on the subject.  We thought you might like to know the solutions to those problems.

Is it true that cooking the apples kills all the nutrients?

You’ve probably heard that cooking food kills the nutrients and believe that is one of the problems with apple sauce as well.

This is true primary when foods are boiled or steamed.

Many vitamins are water soluble and sensitive to heat such as vitamin C and the B vitamins — thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), folic acid (B9), and cobalamin (B12) these would remain in the water that the food was boiled in.

If you were to consume the liquid they were cooked in you would get 90 to 100% of the vitamins and minerals.

Thankfully for you our apple sauce is not cooked in water so all the goodness stays in the sauce.

Eating a raw apple or a cooked one are good for your health.  Cooked apples in the form of apple sauce can be very helpful for your gut health.

Raw apples have lots of vitamin C, potassium and many other nutrients and these have wonderful health benefits. 

Applesauce has the same health benefits but with the added benefit of pectin. 

This form of fibre is released during the cooking process and may help to control gut bacteria, get rid of toxins in the gut and reduce inflammation.

Your raw apple still has pectin in it but the cooking process increases the effectiveness of the pectin.

Is it true I can only eat applesauce with pork?

This might be considered one of the biggest problems with apple sauce.

The answer is No!  You can include it in a huge range of your recipes.

The practice of using applesauce and roasted meats goes back to Roman times. (APICIUS Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome)

The acidity in applesauce pairs well with roasted meats.

Have you ever seen a roasted pig with an apple in its mouth?


problems with applesauce

Can you eat it with pork, yes!

This doesn’t have to be one of the problems with apple sauce.

You can use applesauce in hundreds of ways. 

Sticking with meats, you can also eat it with roast chicken, duck, goose or turkey.  It goes really well with steak.  Try it with fish for a real treat.

There are so many ways you can use applesauce in your diet.

You can also use it as a topping on things like porridge, muesli, rice pudding, yogurt.

You can use it to bake with instead of oils or butter.

You can eat it as a snack straight out of the jar.

Have a look around this site to see how you can use it. 

You might want to check out the recipe page for some more ideas.

Is it true that leaving the skin on means there are pesticides and wax in the applesauce?

One of the problems with apple sauce is the skin normally gets removed.

Organic apples are free of synthetic pesticides.  Organic orchards still use pesticides but they are from naturally occurring sources. 

In a study conducted in 2020 it was found that the occurrence of pesticide residues in organic samples is approximately 5 times lower than in conventional.

The apples are washed when they are picked and again before they are turned into your favourite applesauce.

Apples naturally produce wax to protect themselves from moisture loss.  When the apple is washed up to 50% of the wax is removed.

Conventional producers will generally apply a coating of wax to prevent moisture loss and to improve the appearance of the apple.  This layer is incredibly thin, usually about 3mg per apple.

For conventional apples this can take many forms, mostly Carnauba wax that comes from the leaves of the Brazilian palm, Candelilla wax from a dessert plant, as well as food grade shellac from the Indian lac bug.

There are also some synthetic esters made by combining sucrose with fatty acids. Polyethylene, the same plastic used to make disposable shopping bags can also be applied in a very thin layer.

For organic apples only organic wax coating, usually from beeswax, Carnauba or wood resin may be applied to the fruit.

All apples are washed again before it is made into applesauce.  If you are making your own, we suggest you do the same.

Any remaining organic waxes are harmless as the body can’t absorb them.  Didn’t you ever eat a crayon as a child?

What could go wrong if?

I freeze it!

One of the problems with apple sauce is it comes in glass jars, well ours does.

The glass jar may break!

You might feel the need to put a full jar in the freezer to save for some future date.    We don’t have a lot of experience with this as our applesauce usually gets eaten within a very short time. 

If you still want to freeze it in the jar, we suggest you do this:  Take the lid off and put the jar in the freezer.  Once the applesauce is frozen, put the lid back on.  We trust you know enough to stand it upright while it freezes.

Let it thaw out thoroughly and enjoy as normal.

No one in my family likes apple sauce but me.

You may be thinking this may be one of those problems with apple sauce that there isn’t a solution to.

If you are concerned about feeding your family healthy food and apple sauce is on your list you can try hiding it! 

If you want to find out how you can do that have a look at this: What does applesauce do in baking

Hopefully we can inspire your creativity while taking care of your family with some of our delicious recipes

Hopefully you’ve found the answers to problems with apple sauce.  If not we would love to hear from you.

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