I’m pretty sure my 3-year-old son eats more applesauce than any other food. It’s his go-to snack when we’re in the car, in a rush, or if he needs a little bedtime snack.
Store-bought applesauce has its perks, but there’s no comparison to homemade applesauce, especially applesauce made with Weaver’s Orchard’s apples. You can make your own or buy Weaver’s Orchard’s applesauce made with a blend of their own apples.
My mother-in-law recently made a batch of applesauce that my son absolutely loves! She achieved a pink hue by using unpeeled Stayman apples. I’ve always loved pink applesauce – it reminds me of when we used to make applesauce with the Jonathan apples from our apple tree. However, my favorite consistency is chunky applesauce. To get it this way, you’ll want to peel the apples first.
I just made two batches of applesauce in my Instant Pot – it cooks in only 8 minutes! And for a chunky consistency, there’s no blending required! All you have to do is peel and chop the apples, then throw them in the Instant Pot with a little water on high pressure for 8 minutes. Just a fair warning: let the InstantPot release steam naturally. I attempted a quick release the first time I made it and had a bit of apple juice come out with the steam. (Basically you just leave the InstantPot alone once it’s done cooking, but for full instructions, read this article.) Even though it was a little bit of a mess the first time, the applesauce cooked amazingly quickly and was absolutely delicious. It definitely took longer to peel and chop the apples than it did to cook it! I highly recommend using an Instant Pot or pressure cooker for your next batch of applesauce!
- 8 medium apples
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Peel the apples and chop them into ½ in chunks.
- Place all ingredients in the Instant Pot and stir.
- Close the lid and seal it.
- Select the high pressure setting on the pressure cooker and cook for 8 minutes.
- Once it is finished, place a dish towel over the steam valve and be ready with an extra cup by the food chute to catch any extra apple juice that comes out.
- Cool the applesauce before serving.