Learn how to make our favorite Instant Pot Applesauce just in time for apple season!
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It took a bit of convincing, but yes the cooler weather has got me back in my kitchen. It’s always exciting to introduce our home to fall flavors again especially when our apple trees have a great year! Apple season spans August – October so it’s the perfect time for this recipe!
We’ve been snacking on apples and cooking up some warm applesauce to freeze for the winter. And by winter I mean, it’ll last until the end of November, maybe!
We will be using our Instant Pot for this recipe, but we have also made it in the Crock Pot or in our Dutch Oven.
Find our favorite Dutch Oven Green Bean Soup recipe here!
Fresh Apples: We grab ours from our apple trees in the backyard! You can use any kind of apple, we had honey crisp.
Lemon Juice: Lemon juice serves as a counter to the sweetness of the apples and Red Hots. It also helps preserves the apples (like putting lemon juice on apple slices)
Red Hots: You heard that right! To get that yummy, warm, cinnamon flavor we use Red Hot candy!
Wash, peel, core and cut apples.
After coring and peeling, I cut the apples in half and toss them into the instant pot with 1 cup of water, 1/4 cup of lemon juice and 1 cup of red hots.
Seal your Instant Pot and use the ‘steam’ setting for 20 minutes.
Once your sauce is done cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally, remove lid and chop up a bit and stir. The apples should be soft. I use my immersion blender to blend to a smooth consistency.
At this point you could add a bit of white or brown sugar, stevia, maple syrup, or honey for more sweetness. We opt out of sugar on batches when using sweeter apples like honey crisp.
We fill up little jars and add easy lids so the kids can take them from the fridge to school. You can also use mason jars or any freezer-safe containers. Freezing larger jars of applesauce is a great way to have the sweet taste of fall all year round.
|Can you freeze homemade Applesauce?|
Yes! Applesauce freezes well. Freezing is what makes it last all fall and winter long!
|How long does homemade Applesauce last?|
We freeze ours which keeps it safe to eat for up to 6 months. Because we love this recipe so much it, usually only lasts us til November!
|Can Applesauce replace eggs when baking?|
Sure enough, applesauce can be used as replacement for eggs when baking. 1 egg = 1/4 cup applesauce
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