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INSTANT POT APPLESAUCE (+ SLOW COOKER)

side view of instant pot applesauce in a glass jar

Healthy, homemade applesauce recipe made right in your Instant Pot (or slow cooker). Forget store bought, it’s so easy and incredibly delicious when made at home without sugar & additives, you’ll want to make it again and again!

Ingredients

Instructions

Prepare the apples:

INSTANT POT:

  1. Place apples in the bottom of the Instant pot, add the lemon juice, water and optional cinnamon.
  2. Attach lid, and make sure vent is in the SEALED position. Push the PRESSURE COOKER button, and manually set the time for 6 minutes.
  3. When done, let the steam vent on it’s own, takes about 6 minutes. Move the vent to open, careful not to burn yourself as there may still be steam left. Remove lid and let cool a bit, remove cinnamon stick.
  4. Mash or puree: If cooking with the skins on, use an immersion blender right in the pot to puree the mixture, or transfer to a blender or food processor to puree until desired consistency. When cooking without the skins you can simply mash with a potato masher or back of a fork or slotted spoon.

SLOW COOKER:

  1. Add the apples to the bottom of the crockpot, add the lemon, water and optional cinnamon, and cover with lid.
  2. Set the slow cooker on high for 4 hours, stirring once or twice. Let cool a few minutes, remove cinnamon stick, and mash or puree.
  3. Mash or puree: If cooking with the skins on, use an immersion blender right in the pot to puree the mixture, or transfer to a blender or food processor to puree until desired consistency. When cooking without the skins you can simply mash with a potato masher or back of a fork or slotted spoon.

Store your applesauce in the refrigerator for up to 7 days, or freeze for up to 2 months.

Makes 4 – 4 1/2 cups.

NOTES:

For ultra smooth applesauce, use a blender to puree.

If you prefer more sweetness, add a tad of sugar 1 – 2 teaspoons at a time until desired sweetness.

If you didn’t add cinnamon while cooking, feel free to add some after cooking.

Picking apples:

When picking your apples stick with your favorites to start, using all of one type or a combination of 2 – 3 types of apples. Organic is best, especially if cooking with the skins on!

I’ve used all fuji apples which were delicious and on the sweeter side. So if you prefer your applesauce to be very sweet use only fuji.

As for combinations, my favorites are a mix of fuji and granny smith apples or a mix of honey crisp, granny smith and fuji. These combos balance each other out well, having just the right amount of natural sweetness and tartness.

To peel or not to peel your apples?

 

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