A while back I shared our 2 ingredient instant pot applesauce recipe on an instagram story and now I’m sharing it here along with how to can applesauce.
How to Make Applesauce in an Instant Pot
An instant pot has been all the rage, but we’ve been testing it on our own to decide if this was a fad or something that is really worth it.
It’s worth it.
We’ve tested quite a few recipes which you’ll slowly but surely be seeing on our site, but this post on how to make applesauce in an instant pot is our first one.
What usually takes patience in waiting for the apples to soften on the stove top took us 8 minutes. My only regret is that I haven’t yet purchased this apple peeler and corer. I have done way too much research and not only does that one have the best suction and functionality, but it also has the best reviews and it’s on sale. Win!
Once you’ve got your apples peeled, just do a rough chop and leave them in big pieces. Throw everything in the instant pot along with a little water and then make sure your valve is turned to seal and not vent.
Using the manual option, set the instant pot to high pressure for 8 minutes, shut the lid and walk away.
Vent all of the steam out and wipe up the lid and counter as it will be a little sticky.
Pulse the applesauce in a blender until desired consistency and add a little sugar if needed.
If you love this applesauce in the Instant Pot, then you need to head to our Instant Pot Cheat Sheet where you will find all the details for making all the basics!
What Are the Best Apples for Applesauce
There are a few opinions about applesauce and what apples to use. Many like a Golden Delicious or Gala, but I’m a pretty die hard Honeycrisp and Sweet Tango combination fan. The flavor is fantastic so you don’t need to add a bunch of sugar, though we do occasionally add a tablespoon or two. I feel like Granny Smith is a bit to tart for me, but it also depends on what you are using it for.
Watch for local orchards to have a sale or your favorite grocery store.
What Do I Need for Canning
My mom is a pro canner; she cans everything from vegetables, fruits and jams, to stews, and meats, and of course syrups. In fact, until I was in college I’d never had store bought canned vegetables or jams. Our kids still haven’t had many of those things from the store either.
This is the best canning pot bundle deal we’ve found as it is a great canning pot and comes with the essentials like tongs, funnel, and jar lifter etc.
If we you don’t have a complete set and only have the pot, we love to use this 6 piece canning set as it has the wide mouth funnel, different tongs and lifters, etc and it’s only like $12 for all of it.
How to Sterilize Jars for Canning
Canning starts with the jars, not with the food. So, how to sterilize jars for canning takes one ingredient, water. In order to sterilize jars, they need to be covered by boiling water for 10 minutes. When the process time for canning a food is 10 minutes or more (at 0-1,000 feet elevation), the jars will be sterilized DURING processing in the canner. So, in that case it isn’t needed.
How to Can Applesauce
Fill the jars with applesauce and screw on the lids.
Place the jars into a canner, half full of hot water, so that once the jars are added it covers them by at least 1″ of water.
Cover with a lid and boil for 20 minutes.
Once finished, remove with one of these jar lifters, and set on a towel on the counter so you don’t have a wet mess. Allow to cool completely before storing.
How do You Know if Your Jars Sealed After Canning
Press the middle of the lid with a finger, if the lid springs up when you release your finger, the lid is unsealed.
How Long Can You Store Canned Applesauce
Canned applesauce is generally good for 1- 1 1/2 years after sealing, though we’ve never had to worry as it gets devoured in months at our house.
2 Ingredient Instant Pot Apple Sauce
- 11 Apples, peeled and chopped in large pieces *see note
- 1 1/4 Cup Water
- Sugar if needed, up to 3 tablespoons
- Places the apples and water in an instant pot.
- Secure the lid and be sure that the valve is set to sealing.
- Set the timer to 8 minutes on high pressure and let the apples cook.
- Once done, vent the apples until the steam stops.
- Remove the apples to a blender or a bowl with an immersion blender and pulse until desired consistency.
- Taste and add a little sugar if needed, we usually don't add any, but occasionally need a tablespoon or two.
We prefer a mixture of Honeycrisp and Sweet Tango apples.
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 59 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 2mg Carbohydrates: 16g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 12g Protein: 0g