Several weeks ago when I was looking for pineapple at my local Fred Meyer store, I spied a display of Fred Meyer Classic Applesauce on sale for a very low price. The product was approaching its expiration date, and I am sure the store wanted to sell each of the jars while they could do so.
A few days ago I made a large ham for dinner, and my husband asked if we had any applesauce, and luckily I remembered we had this large jar of it in our pantry. He loves apple sauce with almost all types of pork, including ham, pork roast, and pork chops.
Fred Meyer Classic Applesauce is a little bit too sweet for my tastes, but my husband liked it a lot. I actually think it tastes better with a little sprinkle of cinnamon mixed in, which helps to cut the sweetness somewhat.
The container holds a generous 48 ounces, or three pounds of apple sauce. It has a nice twist off two part lid, the center of which looks like the Ball canning lids that have the rubberized seals around the edges. The rest of the lid is made of red colored plastic, with ribbed edges, which help get a good grip to break the seal when opening it for the first time.
The label states that Fred Meyer Classic Fat Free Applesauce is “Naturally fat free,” that it is high in vitamin C, and it is a gluten free food. There is a key shaped logo on the label, listing the calories, fat grams, sugars, trans fats, and sodium counts. There is a disclaimer that “This food has never contained gluten,” which I found quite amusing!
Fred Meyer Classic Fat Free Applesauce is a very thick, and one half cup has 100 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 milligrams of sodium, 105 milligrams of potassium, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 10 grams of sugars, and 0 grams of protein. There is 100% of your daily amount of vitamin C in each serving. The 3 pound container serves ten.
I am not thrilled with the fact that there is so much sugar in this apple sauce. I sometimes buy sugar free applesauce, and like it just as much. The first ingredient is apples, the second is high fructose corn syrup (hence the high gram count of sugars), followed by water and ascorbic acid. Personally, I am really getting tired of seeing high fructose corn syrup in so many of our foods these days. I think there are healthier alternatives that should not affect the price that drastically.
If you don’t mind consuming a lot of sugar with your apple sauce, then Fred Meyer Classic Fat Free Applesauce might be a good choice for you, but from now on I will be reading the labels of my apple sauce jars before deciding which ones to purchase.