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Instant Pot Apple Butter – This apple butter is filled with the delicious flavors of cinnamon spice goodness. Such a quick and easy recipe, I'll never buy store bought again.
I had myself psyched out before we actually made this apple butter recipe because I remembered years ago, slaving over the kitchen sink with a tub full of apples.
Not anymore, though, thanks to my husband's amazing apple peeler/corer thingamabob (that he picked up at a thrift store, I might add). It is the absolute bomb; in fact, making apple butter is so much quicker now, we're able to throw this together in the Instant Pot in minutes.
I'm curious… Have you made homemade apple butter?
When I developed this recipe, I knew I wanted it to taste similar to Cracker Barrel apple butter. Not a copycat recipe really, but similar.
I think we did well. You'll have to let me know what you think in the comments.
I JUST WANT THE RECIPE! TAKE ME TO THE RECIPE FOR APPLE BUTTER!
If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips, important cooking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the delicious recipe for apple butter – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card with a longer how to video.
WONDERING, “WHAT IS APPLE BUTTER?” HERE'S THE ANSWER!
Well, according to Wikipedia, “Apple butter is a highly concentrated form of apple sauce produced by long, slow cooking of apples with cider or water to a point where the sugar in the apples caramelizes, turning the apple butter a deep brown.”
Nah… You can make apple butter in your Instant Pot pressure cooker, and it's not a long, slow, painful process. It's actually pretty painless.
For this recipe, we use spices like nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and cinnamon. It's delicious on toast or biscuits.
WHERE CAN I FIND THE BEST APPLES FOR APPLE BUTTER?
Fall is a great time to find the best apples for apple butter, but you can use any apples you find, whether you’re shopping at an orchard, a farmer’s market, or the store.
However, in the fall, you can usually buy seconds at just about any orchard, and sometimes at the farmer’s market. Meaning 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.
WHAT KIND OF APPLES SHOULD I USE TO MAKE APPLE BUTTER?
There are certain types of apples that are sweeter and certain types of apples that have a more tart taste.
In the case of homemade apple butter, I like to use a more tart apple, because I'm going to be adding a little sugar anyway.
I used Jonathan apples for this recipe because they were available as seconds at our local orchard. I also love Jonagold apples.
Jonathans are sweet and tart. They're also crispy and juicy.
The best apples for apple butter may include:
- McIntosh Red
TIPS FOR HOW TO MAKE APPLE BUTTER IN THE INSTANT POT
For this apple butter recipe, you’ll need about 4 pounds of apples, a little bit of water, lemon juice, molasses, sugar, spices, vanilla, and an Instant Pot.
You can make this recipe on the stovetop, or you can even make it as Crock Pot apple butter; of course, cooking times will differ.
Before adding the apples to the Instant Pot, core, peel, and slice the apples. Cut out any bad spots, as well.
Note: While I do leave the peeling on when making homemade applesauce, and you can do that for apple butter too, I just chose not to for this recipe.
- Put the sliced apples in your Instant Pot.
- Add water, molasses, sugar, brown sugar, spices, lemon juice, and vanilla to the Instant Pot. 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 15 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.
As for preservation, you can either can the apple butter or freeze it. For the sake of time, we decided to freeze our first batch; however, we canned this most recent batch.
We use a water bath canning method.
This recipe makes probably about 4-6 pints.
It's so delicious served on homemade biscuits. Yum!
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KITCHEN TOOLS YOU'LL NEED TO MAKE INSTANT POT APPLE BUTTER
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.
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. I'm looking at you, Mom, 'cause I don't remember having one of these.
Paring Knife – for trimming off any bad spots or slicing the apples.
Instant Pot – We used our 6-quart Instant Pot.
APPLE BUTTER RECIPE
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- Core, peel, and slice the apples.* Cut out any bad spots, as well.
- Put the apples into the Instant Pot.
- Add water, molasses, pure cane sugar, brown sugar, spices, lemon juice, and vanilla to the Instant Pot. Mix together.
- Put the lid in place on the Instant Pot.
- Press Manual or Pressure Cook for 15 minutes and let it cook.
- Allow the pressure cooker to do a natural release.
- When the apple butter has finished cooking, you can puree 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.
- You can either can the apple butter or freeze it. See the recipe notes below.**
*While I do leave the peeling on when making homemade applesauce, and you can do that for apple butter too, I just chose not to for this recipe.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 15 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 1mg Carbohydrates: 4g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 3g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g