It’s so easy to make homemade apple butter in the Instant Pot, and the flavor is absolutely out of this world!
You’ll love how quickly you can make Instant Pot apple butter, creating a deliciously spiced spread that tastes like it’s simmered for hours!
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You may feel like making your own apple butter is one of those things only farmers do.
Or maybe you’ve considered making it yourself, but the thought of peeling pounds and pounds of apples by hand makes your eyes want to glaze over (and maybe reach for a bottle of ibuprofen, too 😉).
Either way, I’ve got you covered!
Apple Butter in an Instant Pot vs. a Slow Cooker
For years, I always made slow cooker apple butter. This method works beautifully and the apples cook low and slow, creating a deep flavor.
The last couple of years, I’ve switched to making apple butter in the Instant Pot, where the apples and spices cook under pressure, allowing the flavors to meld together so much faster!
Both versions taste delicious, one just takes less time.
If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet, you can definitely make the slow cooker version. But if you have an Instant Pot, you can have apple butter in a fraction of the time!
How to Make Instant Pot Apple Butter
The process is incredibly simple! First, you’ll start by peeling and slicing some apples.
The absolute best way to do this is to use one of these handy devices, which peels, cores, and slices your apples at the same time, with minimal effort on your part. (I use this gadget when I make apple butter, applesauce for my applesauce bundt cake, apple pies, even when I make mashed potatoes!).
Put all of the sliced apples into the insert pot of the Instant Pot, followed by some brown sugar, water, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice.
Close the lid and set the vent to the sealed position, then cook at high pressure for 20 minutes.
Allow a natural pressure release, then use an immersion blender to puree everything to your desired consistency.
If the apple butter is slightly runny after cooking, simply use the Saute function to simmer it for a bit longer, allowing some of the liquid to evaporate.
How to Store Homemade Apple Butter Cooked in the Instant Pot
I don’t usually can my apple butter, but you certainly could if you want it to be shelf stable, following proper canning instructions for apple butter.
I generally ladle it into wide-mouth freezer-safe jars, then keep some in the refrigerator and some in the freezer.
In the freezer, it keeps well for at least 6 months (I’ve never kept it longer to test if it can last even longer, but I’d imagine it could).
In the fridge, mine has kept well even after a month, but it normally is long gone before that. 🙂
- 6 lbs apples
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground allspice
- Peel and slice apples. I like to use an apple peeler and slicer to make this process go way faster!
- Add apples to the insert pot of an Instant Pot, followed by all remaining ingredients.
- Close the lid and set the vent to the sealed position.24
- Select a cook time of 20 minutes at high pressure.
- After the cook time is complete, allow a natural release of pressure.
- Carefully remove the lid and use an immersion blender to puree the apples to the desired consistency. If the apple butter is too runny for your liking, use the Saute function to simmer the contents for a bit longer, so some of the liquid can evaporate.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 74 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 3mg Carbohydrates: 20g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 15g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g