Easy No-Peel Instant Pot Applesauce Recipe

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Instant Pot Applesauce – How to make easy, homemade, no-peel, Instant Pot applesauce, the perfect recipe for canning or freezing. Make it smooth or chunky, no sugar added!

homemade applesauce in a Ball canning jar

Instant Pot applesauce is made with 3 ingredients. And you don’t even have to peel the apples unless you just want to.

The fact that it’s pressure cooked takes the work out of making applesauce because you don’t have to stand in front of a hot stove. Instead, just load everything up in your Instant Pot pressure cooker, push a couple buttons, and let it do the work for you.

My boys love applesauce, and we eat quite a bit of it throughout the year. I especially like to keep it on hand for times when we’re sick; in a way, it’s a sort of comfort food too.

easy no-peel applesauce in a white bowl

It’s quite fulfilling to fill your pantry up with homemade canned foods that your family will actually eat. And when it’s easy to do, it’s a win win.

You may also love this recipe for cinnamon applesauce.

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WHERE CAN I FIND THE BEST APPLES FOR APPLESAUCE?

Fall is probably the best time to find the best apples for applesauce, but you can use pretty much any apples you find, whether you’re shopping at an orchard, a farmer’s market, or the store.

However, in the fall, I recommend buying seconds at a local orchard if you have one, and sometimes you can find them at the farmer’s market. Buying seconds means you can buy a HUGE box of apples for a lot less than normal cost, which is going to save you a ton of money.

wash apples before making applesauce, Jonathan apples in sink full of water

Now I will say… It takes a LOT of apples to get a little bit of applesauce, apple juice, apple jelly, or apple butter. But in my opinion, that homemade flavor is totally worth it.

WHAT KIND OF APPLES SHOULD I USE TO MAKE APPLESAUCE?

There are certain types of apples that are sweeter and certain types of apples that have a more tart taste. You’ll also find apples that are crisp, as well as apples that are soft.

In the case of homemade applesauce, I like to use an apple that has both a sweet and tart quality about it. I don’t add any sugar, so I want the unsweetened applesauce to taste good.

Most people recommend using a softer apple for applesauce, and it really doesn’t matter if your apples are mushy since they’re going to be made into mush anyway.

sliced apples in Instant Pot pressure cooker for making applesauce

We used Jonathan apples for this recipe because they were available as seconds at our local orchard. I also love using Jonagold apples and currently have a big box of them in my kitchen ready for a big batch of applesauce.

Jonathans are a little bit sweet and very much tart. They’re also crispy and juicy.

The best apples for applesauce may include:

  • Jonathan
  • Jonagold
  • Braeburn
  • McIntosh
  • Winesap
  • Rome
  • Golden Delicious
  • Cortland
  • Fuji
  • Gala
  • Ambrosia

You can even try mixing and matching different kinds of apples to get the flavor you want for your applesauce.

WHY ADD LEMON JUICE TO HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE?

There are different opinions about this topic when you research it online, but there are two main reasons home canners give for adding lemon juice to home canned applesauce.

  1. To help preserve or protect the color of your apples over time.
  2. To make the applesauce more acidic for home canning. Wind fallen apples (including seconds) can have a lower acidity and a higher mold/bacteria count than unblemished apples.

spoon full of applesauce in canning jar

Even though their explanation is focused more around homemade jam, The Kitchn provides a great explanation for why it’s important to add lemon juice.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MAKING YOUR OWN APPLESAUCE? IS APPLESAUCE GOOD FOR YOU?

Remember the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” Apples have a ton of nutritional value and are a great addition to our diet.

And since you are able to cook most of the apple, including the peeling, when making this applesauce recipe, you may have added fiber and other nutrients that the peeling provides.

no peeling apples required for this easy applesauce recipe, slicing apples

Apples are a great source of antioxidants; they’re also a great source of fiber and pectin, especially with the peelings cooked into the applesauce. Other nutritional benefits include vitamin C, potassium, vitamin K, certain B vitamins, minerals, and more.

Not to mention, homemade applesauce tastes so much better than store bought. The flavor doesn’t have that factory canned taste but rather more of the taste of fresh apples.

And you know what’s in your applesauce… I mean, you truly know what is in it because you made it yourself.

easy Instant Pot applesauce recipe

HOW CAN I USE APPLESAUCE IN BAKING?

While you can use applesauce in baking to make all sorts of yummy recipes, like apple bundt cake, muffins, pancakes, breads, and cookies, you can also use applesauce as substitute for several ingredients.

You can sometimes use an applesauce substitute for egg, butter, oil, and sugar, depending on the recipe.

Momables shares an ingredient substitution list for baking that explains how to sub applesauce in for a couple of ingredients; and Craftsy has a really good explanation, as well, as to how and when to substitute applesauce for certain ingredients when you’re baking.

TIPS FOR HOW TO MAKE APPLESAUCE IN YOUR INSTANT POT

For this Instant Pot applesauce, you’ll need about 6 pounds of apples, a tiny bit of lemon juice, and water.

You can make this recipe on the stovetop, or you can even make it as Crock Pot applesauce; of course, cooking times will differ.

core apples for homemade applesauce but leave the peels

You can also make applesauce from the leftover apple mush you have left behind when you make apple juice.

However, here is the process for a stand alone applesauce recipe:

  • Add the water and lemon juice to the Instant Pot, as well. If you want to mix everything together, you can; but there’s no need to until after it all cooks.
  • Put the lid in place on the Instant Pot. Press Manual or Pressure Cook for 10 minutes.
  • When it’s finished cooking, allow the pressure cooker to do a natural release.
  • Purée the mixture with an immersion blender, or mash the apples with a potato masher. It’s up to you how you prefer the texture or consistency.

mashing cooked apples with immersion blender to make applesauce

CAN YOU FREEZE HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE?

Yes, you can. In fact, you can freeze or can applesauce, whichever you prefer.

My mom used to freeze a LOT of the applesauce she made when we were kids growing up. She’d keep freezer safe plastic containers just for storing things like her homemade applesauce.

canning jars of applesauce in water bath

HOW DO I CAN APPLESAUCE?

Applesauce canning is actually pretty easy and simple. We use a water bath canning method.

If you choose to can it, Ball has wonderful Canning Guides to guide you through the process. You can also consult the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving.

jars of homemade applesauce immersed in hot water bath for canning

This applesauce recipe for canning makes probably about 4-6 pints. It’s so delicious served on homemade biscuits or cornbread. Yum!

MORE APPLE RECIPES YOU MAY ENJOY:

No-Peel Instant Pot Cinnamon Applesauce

How to Make Apple Juice without an Apple Juicer

Instant Pot Apple Butter

Apple Crumb Pie

Apple Jelly without Pectin

Easy Slow Cooker Mulled Cider

50 Mouthwatering Apple Recipes

And learn how to use your Instant Pot with our Instant Pot Quick Start Guide, filled with practical tips, Instant Pot recipes, accessory ideas, and more!

applesauce canning recipe, applesauce in jar with spoon

KITCHEN TOOLS YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE INSTANT POT APPLESAUCE

Jars and Lids – I prefer jelly jars or pint jars. In fact, we usually try to keep our pantry stocked with jars. But don’t forget the lids and rings. They can be easy to forget, and before you know it, you have all the jars you need but no lids.

Canning Funnel – for pouring the applesauce into the jars without making a mess.

Jar Lifter

pouring homemade applesauce into canning jars with a funnel

Apple Corer/Peeler/Slicer – I’m telling you, this tool is so worth every penny we spent at the thrift store, but I’d order one brand new too. It saves so much time. I really want to know where this was when I was growing up.

Paring Knife – for trimming off any bad spots or slicing the apples.

Immersion Blender or Potato Masher – This will allow you to get the texture or consistency that you want.

Instant Pot – We used our 6-quart Instant Pot.

jar of applesauce

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Easy No-Peel Instant Pot Applesauce

How to make easy, homemade, no-peel, Instant Pot applesauce, the perfect recipe for canning or freezing. Make it smooth or chunky, no sugar added!

Course Breakfast, Canning, Sauce
Cuisine American, Breakfast/Brunch, Sauce
Keyword applesauce, applesauce recipe, Instant Pot applesauce
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 59 kcal
Author Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

  • 6 pounds apples unpeeled
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Wash, core, and slice the apples. Cut out any bad spots, as well.

  2. Put the sliced apples in your Instant Pot.

  3. Add the water and lemon juice to the Instant Pot, as well. If you want to mix everything together, you can; but there’s no need to until after it all cooks.
  4. Put the lid in place on the Instant Pot. Press Manual or Pressure Cook for 10 minutes.

  5. When it’s finished cooking, allow the pressure cooker to do a natural release.
  6. If it seems like the applesauce will be a bit watery, drain a bit of the water before mashing the apples.*

  7. Purée the mixture with an immersion blender, or mash the apples with a potato masher. It’s up to you how you prefer the texture or consistency.

  8. Preserve using your preferred method, whether you choose to freeze or can the applesauce.**

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

*You can drink the apple juice if you choose to drain the apples before mashing.

**If you choose to can it, Ball has wonderful Canning Guides to guide you through the process. You can also consult the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving.

Nutrition Facts
Easy No-Peel Instant Pot Applesauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 59
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1mg 0%
Potassium 121mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 11g
Vitamin A 1.2%
Vitamin C 6.5%
Calcium 0.7%
Iron 0.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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