Instant Pot Applesauce is by far the easiest way to make applesauce at home. Just cut the apples into slices, throw them in your electric pressure cooker, press a button, and walk away! It’s the BEST applesauce you’ll ever taste, with no added sugar.
How to Make Instant Pot Applesauce
To make applesauce in your Instant Pot, you’ll get started by slicing the apples. I like to use an apple slicer that removes the core at the same time to make the process as fast as possible, but you can simply use a knife if you prefer to cut your own slices.
Do You Have to Peel Apples when Making Applesauce?
It is not necessary to peel your apples when making applesauce. Much of their nutrition is found in the peel, so I prefer to leave it on to get maximum benefits. This also means less work for you! The peels become very soft when cooked in the Instant Pot, so they are easily pureed when blended after cooking.
If you prefer a chunky applesauce, I do recommend peeling the apples so that you can simply use a potato masher to make the applesauce after the cooking process is complete. The peels will not break down with a potato masher the way they do in a blender, so it’s easier if you remove them before cooking in this case.
What Kind of Apples are Best for Making Applesauce?
My mother has always told me that McIntosh and Jonathan apples make the best applesauce, but those aren’t always available in my local store. (I try to choose organic apples when possible, since I don’t peel my apples for this.)
Instead, I’ve fallen in love with using Gala apples in my applesauce. They are naturally sweet, and make the best homemade applesauce, without the need for any added sugar. I’ve also made it using Honeycrisp apples, which are just slightly more tart, but still sweet.
How To Use Your Instant Pot
If you’re new to using the Instant Pot, the main thing you need to know is how to cook on manual and whether your recipe calls for a natural release or a quick release. This Instant Pot recipe includes step-by-step directions below, but these photos also help to give you an idea of what your machine should look like during the process.
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My 6-quart Instant Pot is older, so it has a “Manual” button that I use to pressure cook. Newer models have a button that says “Pressure Cook” instead, but both buttons do the same thing. For this recipe, we’re cooking at high pressure for 10 minutes.
The Instant Pot will take 6 to 10 minutes to come to pressure, and the cook cycle countdown doesn’t start until the pot is pressurized. You can tell the pot is pressurized when the floating valve in the lid has popped up.
This recipe calls for a 10 minute natural release. When 10 minutes has passed, the screen on the Instant Pot will read LO:10, and that’s when you can move the steam release valve to Venting. Any remaining steam pressure will release through the top of that valve, and when the floating valve next to it drops, that’s when you know it’s safe to remove the lid. (The floating valve will be silver or red, depending on the Instant Pot model you own.)
How Long Does Homemade Applesauce Last?
My kids gobble this up, so it never lasts longer than a week in our house. However, store bought applesauce says it can last up to 10 days in the fridge, so that’s the rule I go by with my homemade version, too. To be on the safe side, look for mold every time you open the jar and always use a clean utensil when serving from the jar to help the applesauce last as long as possible.
Instant Pot Applesauce
- 3 pounds apples , cored and sliced (no need to peel)
- 1/3 cup water
- Place the apple slices into the bottom of your Instant Pot and add in the water. Secure the lid and move the steam release valve to Sealing. Use the Manual or Pressure Cook button to cook at high pressure for 10 minutes. It will take 6 to 10 minutes for the pot to pressurize, so it will simply say ON before the cook cycle starts.
- When the cook cycle is complete, allow the pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes. The screen will read LO:10 when the 10 minutes are up, and then you can move the steam release valve to Venting to release any remaining pressure.
- When the floating valve in the lid drops, it's safe to remove the lid. Transfer the cooked apples and juices to a blender and blend until smooth. Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender to blend directly in the pot.
- Pour the applesauce into a large glass jar and seal it with a lid. Store your Instant Pot applesauce in the fridge for up to 10 days and serve chilled.
Per 1/2 cup: Calories: 88, Fat: 0g, Carbohyrdates: 23g, Fiber: 4g, Protein: 0g
- For a chunky applesauce, peel the apples before cooking and then use a potato masher to make the applesauce, so that it’s not a pureed texture.
- You can add any other flavorings you like to this applesauce. I sometimes add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon for a cinnamon flavor, or I’ll replace a pound of apples with one pound of other fruit, such as strawberries or mangos. You can use frozen fruit that is already chopped for convenience. I’ve found that strawberry applesauce needs 2-3 dates added for sweetness, but the mango is delicious on its own!
- I have a separate post for making slow cooker applesauce if you prefer to use that!
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