Instant Pot® Apple Butter

Traditional apple butter ingredients cooked in an electric pressure cooker is less labor intensive than a stovetop method. It also reduces cleanup. The outcome is a creamy, sweet apple butter to spread on your favorite morning breads or pastries.

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
40
Yield:
5 cups

Ingredients

  • ½ lemon, juiced

  • 3 pounds apples - peeled, cored, and sliced

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup honey

  • ¼ cup unfiltered apple juice

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

Directions

  1. Place lemon juice into the insert of a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and pour in about 4 inches of water. Drop apples into the lemon water as you slice them to keep them from browning.

  2. Drain the apples. Add apple juice, brown sugar, white sugar, honey, cinnamon sticks, and ground cloves. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 8 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  3. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, 10 to 40 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Remove the cinnamon sticks.

  4. Use an immersion blender to puree the apple butter. Mix well with a spoon. Close and lock the lid. Select Slow Cooker Function according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 60 minutes.

  5. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, 10 to 40 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Test the consistency by putting a small amount on a plate and refrigerating for 10 minutes. The final consistency should be thick enough to spread with a knife. If it is too liquid for your preference, cook for 1 more hour.

Cook's Notes:

I used a mixture of apples - 50% Red Delicious, 25% Pink Lady, and 25% Granny Smith. If you are using organic apples, leave the peel on.

This method can be expedited by using the low Saute setting for about 20 minutes instead of the slow cooker method. However, this requires constant attention as it can burn easily. The consistency of the slow-cooked method is a bit more runny than a stovetop version, but the taste reflects the simmering of the flavors that help caramelize the sugars. I used 2 hours total Slow Cook time.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

54 Calories
0g Fat
14g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 40
Calories 54
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 47mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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