Homemade applesauce, according to Milo and Rooster.

Yesterday, there was a huge wind and rain storm, making it an uncomfortable thing to be outside. So I decided to make applesauce with the help of Milo and Rooster! And I thought I’d share how to make this tasty treat with two dogs. **This recipe will ultimately make applesauce for people only, as there will be added sugar. I don’t recommend giving the final product to a dog but there are many dog friendly applesauce recipes online.

You will need: four apples of any kind, ¾ cup of water, ¼ cup of sugar, any amount of cinnamon

Step 1: Find the right apples from the apple tree in the backyard. Milo was the perfect man for the job!

  • Step 1a: Eat the ground apples in 30 mph winds and pouring rain.

Step 2: Wash, peel, core, and cut the apples. Add these apples to a pot with the water, sugar, and as much cinnamon as you’d like.

  • Step 2a: Stare at person until she gives you some of the cut raw apples.

Step 3: Put on medium heat until it simmers; then reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally and check consistency. If you like chunky applesauce, leave on heat for a shorter time.

Step 4: Turn off heat and mash the apples.

Step 5: Eat warm or cold! The rest that you don’t eat immediately can go in the fridge. This batch will be small enough that you shouldn’t need to can it – just make sure to eat in the days following!

  • Step 5a: Stare at your person while she’s eating the applesauce to see if she’ll share. (She won’t, no matter how cute Rooter looks!)

While Rooster and Milo were instrumental in making the applesauce, they weren’t taste testers in the final product. Because this applesauce has added sugar (and cinnamon if you’re feeling fancy), it ultimately won’t be dog friendly. One option if you’d like to share applesauce with your dog is to add sugar and cinnamon after cooking and mashing the apples. That way, you could separate out a bit of sugar free applesauce before adding anything! And there are a bunch of dog friendly applesauce recipes, like this one from Golden Woofs.

Also, like any treat, apples and applesauce should be given to dogs in moderation and shouldn’t be given to puppies. Each dog will also like different treats and will react differently to them. Milo, for example, seems to have an iron stomach and loves to munch on ground apples during the fall. Rooster is a bit more picky and has a more sensitive stomach but still loves to occasionally apples as a treat.

Hope this helps anyone looking to make applesauce this autumn! Let me know if you make a batch in the comments and share a photo of your pup with an apple!

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