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Nothing fills the house with a sweeter smell than homemade apple sauce. It makes a delicious snack, is amazing when added to oatmeal and makes a great dessert for babies and littles. Here is my favourite way to make applesauce quickly!
Choosing your apples
I personally like a more acidic apple like a MacIntosh because they can be quite mealy and break down easily during the cooking process. Other nice combinations are half and half sweet and sour apples like Fuji or Gala mixed with a Granny Smith or Pink Lady. Mixing them can make a nice balanced sauce.
A beautiful thing about making your own apple sauce is that you can really use any apples you have on hand and adjust how sour and sweet with lemon juice or a little honey. Your apples don’t have to be perfect because apple sauce can tolerate apples with a couple bruises that may not be appealing to eat whole.
Never throw another apple away! You can also use frozen apples, if you have one or two apples left that are approaching the end of their life you can core, peel and quarter, and freeze in a large freezer bag. When you have enough to make a batch toss them all in frozen along with the remaining ingredients and cook as usual.
Ways to Eat your Apple Sauce
- Add to oatmeal as a natural sweetener
- Stir into yogurt
- pour over ice cream
- add to baked good as a substitute for oil
- as a a side dish with pork.
Why the Instant Pot?
This recipe is written for the instant pot, but it translates beautifully to the crock pot and dutch oven as well. In order to make it in the crock port just add all ingredients to the slow cooker on low for 3-4 hours or high for 1-2 hours. To make on the stove in a dutch oven simmer with the lid on, on low until apples are soft and easily mashed with a potato masher, usually 30 minutes to an hour.
- 3lbs Apples peeled
- 1 Juice of 1/2-1 Lemon
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup water
1. Peel, core and quester apples and add to the Instant Pot.
2. Add water, lemon juice and cinnamon
3. Cook on manual high pressure for 7 minutes. Allow to vent naturally for 10-15 minutes then release the pressure.