Every fall, my family goes apple picking. I have a precise "type" of apple picking experience that I look for. I do not want hay rides or jumpy houses. Corn mazes are out. I just want straight-up apple picking, preferably without a million other people. I go for the really small orchards. It's a favorite tradition and as soon as the calendar turns to September, I try to scope out the perfect weekend. This year was a challenge. My teenager is running cross country, so most Saturdays are occupied by meets. Sunday is typically devoted to NFL and if there is a home game, we can't spend it at the orchard. Then, it was a bad year for apples in my area. Blossoms froze in the spring and many orchards had no apples or very limited picking. We finally found the perfect orchard and thankfully were able to get some really amazing apples. I made Easy Instant Pot® Applesauce first. It is one of the easiest things to make in an Instant Pot® and I needed it for the recipe I will be sharing very soon - APPLE BUTTER!
Do you have an apple peeler, corer, slicer? I only use it once a year, but after apple picking I make pies, crisp, sauce, and my kids just like to use it for regular apples. If you don't have one, I highly recommend getting one. It makes things super easy. You can certainly use a regular peeler and knife to do the same job, it will just take a little longer. After that, making applesauce is a breeze. My kids like smooth applesauce, so I use an immersion blender. If you prefer chunkier applesauce, you can hand mash with a potato masher.
Instant Pot Applesauce
Makes about 5 cups
3 pounds of apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 cinnamon stick
1. Add all ingredients to Instant Pot®, Lock lid, making sure the valve is in the sealing position. Set to manual - high pressure for 30 minutes. When finished, do a quick pressure release, by switching the valve to venting.
2. Discard cinnamon stick. Using either an immersion blender, food processor, or blender (or even a potato masher), process the applesauce until it is the perfect consistency for your tastes.
Hi, I am Julie and welcome to Instantly Delicious. I am so glad you are here to share in my adventures with using an Instant Pot ® to make easy, nutritious, and Instantly Delicious food.
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