Instant Pot homemade applesauce is the easiest way to make and enjoy fresh applesauce. Don’t have an Instant Pot? No problem! See our Crock Pot and Stove Top Methods below.
Instant Pot Homemade Applesauce
Who knew that making applesauce could be so easy and taste so good? In a family taste-test, this homemade applesauce was the unanimous favorite over store-bought. It is smoother and has more flavor, and LESS sugar, than the store-bought stuff. It can be used as an after school snack. Put it in these re-useable pouches for easy snacking/day trips with kids, as a baking ingredient, or even baby food!
Which Apples Are Best?
I like using a mixture of sweet and tart. For this recipe I used Fuji and Granny Smith. The only apple I wouldn’t recommend is red delicious. They get too mushy when they cook down and are best left for snacking. Most other varieties you can find at your grocery stores will work great. Some of my favorites are:
- Pink lady
- Granny Smith
How Long Does Applesauce Last?
After making applesauce, you will want to put it in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days. If you want it to last longer, you can always pressure can it. Here is a helpful resource and chart from the National Center for Home Food Preservation on how to pressure can applesauce (click HERE).
Can You Freeze Applesauce?
YES! In fact, applesauce freezes great! Just place your cooled applesauce in a freezer safe, air-tight container such as a Tupperware or even a Ziplock freezer bag. You can freeze homemade applesauce for up to a year, but for maximum freshness you will want to use it within 2-3 months. To thaw, place the applesauce in the refrigerator overnight. Just give it a good stir after thawing and it will be ready to serve!
How To Make Applesauce
Making applesauce (especially in the Instant Pot) is a breeze. Just a few easy steps and you can be enjoying fresh applesauce in a matter of minutes.
- Peel, core, and slice apples. This is SUPER easy with an apple peeler/corer (THIS is the one that I have) or you can also use a paring knife or potato peeler.
- Place apples in the Instant Pot. Add 3/4 cup water and 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes
- Mash with potato masher or pulse in a food processor until smooth.
Crock Pot (or Stove Top) Instructions
You can easily make applesauce in a Crock Pot or on the stove top if you don’t have an Instant Pot.
Crock Pot Method:
Place all ingredients in the Crock Pot and cook on HIGH for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
Stove Top Method:
Place all ingredients in a medium sauce pan, cover and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until apples are soft and easy to mash.
Substituting With Applesauce
Did you know you can use applesauce in place of different baking ingredients such as oil, butter, and eggs? You can swap out oil and butter at a 1:1 ratio in many baked goods like muffins, sweet/fruit breads (such as zucchini bread, banana bread, or pumpkin bread), cakes, and cookies. You can also use 1/4 cup applesauce in place of 1 egg.
Tips For Making Applesauce:
- Use a variety of apples (tart and sweet) for a better flavor
- Don’t add cinnamon or brown sugar if you are wanting to use as a baking ingredient or as a substitution.
- For a smoother applesauce, use a blender or food processor. Pulse until you reach the consistency you prefer.
- Make your applesauce last longer by freezing or canning (see tips above)
How To Make Applesauce
- Peel, core, and slice apples.
- Add apples and remaining ingredients to Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
- Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes, then quick release.
- Mash with a potato masher or pulse in a food processor until smooth.
- Allow to cool at least 10 minutes before serving.
- pressure cooker
- apple peeler