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Instant Pot Apple Butter

This Instant Pot apple butter recipe is perfect for fall! Made with just a few simple ingredients, it’s a delicious way to use up apples.

This Instant Pot apple butter recipe is perfect for fall! Made with just a few simple ingredients, it's a delicious way to use up apples.

Do you love apple butter? If you’re like me, then the answer is a resounding yes!

I used to make it the old-fashioned way, cooking apples for hours on the stove top. But now that I have an Instant Pot, I can make this delicious condiment in no time at all!

You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to create this classic spread with your pressure cooker.

So give it a try today and enjoy that sweet and spicy flavor all year round!

This Instant Pot apple butter recipe is perfect for fall! Made with just a few simple ingredients, it's a delicious way to use up apples.
This Instant Pot apple butter recipe is perfect for fall! Made with just a few simple ingredients, it's a delicious way to use up apples.

What is Apple Butter?

Apple butter is a thick, dark spread or preserve made from apples that have been cooked down and spiced. It is similar to apple sauce, but has a deeper flavour and a thicker, more spreadable consistency.

Apple butter is intensely sweet and apple-y with a deep molasses flavor from the long cooking time. Many people enjoy it as a spread on toast or bagels, but it can also be used in baked goods or as a glaze on meat.

There are many ways to make apple butter, but the basic process is always the same. Apples are chopped, then cooked down with sugar and spices, and blended until smooth. The cooking time can vary depending on the recipe, but it’s typically a slow process that takes several hours.

There are many ways to make apple butter. You can make it in a slow cooker, on the stove top, or in the oven. The method you choose will depend on your personal preferences and the amount of time you have available. Using an Instant Pot to make apple butter will save you hours of cooking time.

This Instant Pot apple butter recipe is perfect for fall! Made with just a few simple ingredients, it's a delicious way to use up apples.

How to Serve Apple Butter

Apple butter is great used as a :

  • Spread: Spread on toast, English muffins, or bagels.
  • Condiment: Serve as a glaze on pork or chicken.
  • Topping: Spoon over oatmeal, yogurt, ice cream, pancakes, or waffles.
  • Dip: Serve with pretzels, cheese, or apples as a dip.
  • Filling: Add into baked goods like quick breads, muffins, or pastries.

As you can see, there are many ways to enjoy apple butter. Get creative and have fun with it!

This Instant Pot apple butter recipe is perfect for fall! Made with just a few simple ingredients, it's a delicious way to use up apples.

Tips for Making the Best Instant Pot Apple Butter

Leave the peel on – Save yourself the effort, the peel completely cooks down in the instant pot and is actually a natural source of pectin which helps to thicken the apple butter.

Combine the ingredients well – Make sure the apples are evenly coated in sugar and spice before cooking.

Check the consistency – Apple butter will thicken slightly as it cools and can be hard to tell if it is done while still in the pot. To check, simply spoon up a small quantity and if it remains mounded, it should be ready. You can also spoon a little onto a plate. It is ready when liquid does not form around the edge of your mound.

Add the vanilla last – You can actually cook off the vanilla flavour by adding it while the apple butter is still cooking. It will evaporate, so add it only after turning off the instant pot.

Try using a variety of apples – Switch up the flavour by using a mixture of different apples.

Burn warning – The amount of juice released by the apples while cooking depends on the apples themselves. Some apples are much juicier than others, so while I’ve never gotten a burn warning myself, if you do simply add a tablespoon or two of water.

This Instant Pot apple butter recipe is perfect for fall! Made with just a few simple ingredients, it's a delicious way to use up apples.

How to Store Apple Butter

If you decide to can the apple butter it is stable for 2 years when stored in a cool, dry place. Water processed apple butter is perfect for giving as gifts and will maintain the best texture and flavour.

The jars of apple butter can also be stored in the freezer for up to a year, or up to 3 months in the refrigerator. The texture of the apple butter may change when frozen, but it will still taste great! Thaw in the fridge when ready to enjoy, do not freeze again once thawed.

Once opened, use the apple butter within 30 days and store in the fridge, covered tightly.

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About the Equipment Needed for Instant Pot Apple Butter

Mason Jar – This recipe makes a small batch – you will need three pint jars or six 1/2 pint jars.

Canning Funnel – Provides a mess-free way of filling your jars with apple butter.

Glass Measuring Cup – The perfect way to pour your apple butter.

Instant Pot – I have the instant pot ultra, when I was shopping around I felt it was the best value.

Mixing bowls – A medium mixing bowl for combining the sugar and spices.

Blender – Use a blender or immersion blender for a smooth apple butter. I have been using a Blendtec blender for almost 10 years now, and it is used on a constant basis, but the immersion blender is so handy for making apple butter.

Canning Pot (if processing in a water bath)

Jar Lifter (if processing a water bath) – This thing will make your life so much easier if you choose to water process your jars.

Ingredients for Making Apple Butter

About the Ingredients for Apple Butter

Apples – You want to use soft, sweet apples for making apple butter. I used Royal gala this time, but McIntosh, Fuji, Pink lady, Cortland, and honey crisp are other great options. You will need about 15-16 medium apples for this recipe. There is no need to peel the apples as the peel completely breaks down in the instant pot, and it is full of nutrients and fibre.

Sugar – A mix of brown sugar and white sugar is best here, although you can go with all one or the other if necessary. You can use light brown or dark brown sugar depending on how rich of a sweetness you want.

This recipe already uses a lower amount of sugar compared to many other recipes, but you can absolutely reduce the amount further if you like. Just be aware you may need to cook the blended apples down longer if you do so. It also may not be safe to can, so you will need to freeze your apple butter for long term storage.

Spices – I used a combination of cinnamon and cloves. You could also use pumpkin spice here if you like. The key is adding just a touch of warming spices without overwhelming the apple flavour.

Salt – Salt just makes everything shine.

Vanilla extract – Use real vanilla extract for the best flavour, but artificial vanilla extract is perfectly fine.

This Instant Pot apple butter recipe is perfect for fall! Made with just a few simple ingredients, it's a delicious way to use up apples.

Looking for More Apple Recipes?

Check out more of my favourite recipes for using up apples!

Classic German apple cake, Apfelkuchen, is moist and buttery. It’s a simple and rustic cake made with fresh apples – a perfect fall dessert.

Inspired by classic apple pie, these apple filled donuts are fried to golden perfection and tossed in cinnamon sugar for a sweet finish.

Homemade oven dried apples recipe. A delicious, healthy and easy to make snack that are dried slowly in the oven with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

This Instant Pot apple butter recipe is perfect for fall! Made with just a few simple ingredients, it's a delicious way to use up apples.

How to Make Instant Pot Apple Butter

Yields: 3 Pints | Prep time: 15 Minutes | Cook time: 2 Hours

Ingredients:

  • 5.5 lbs apples
  • 1 cup (200g) brown sugar, packed
  • ¾ cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

Chopped apples in the pot of an instant pot.

Core and chop apples into small pieces, there is no need to peel the apples. Place the apples into the pot of a 6-quart Instant Pot.

Sugar and spices coating apples in the instant pot.

Combine the sugars, spices, and salt in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over the apples and mix well to coat.

Cooked apples in the instant pot.

Place lid on the Instant Pot. Turn the Instant Pot to manual setting and pressure cook on high pressure for 90 minutes. Allow 10 minutes natural release before manually releasing any remaining pressure.

Use an immersion blender to puree the apple butter until completely smooth. If you do not have an immersion blender, allow the apples to cool, then pour them into a blender and puree until smooth, and return to the instant pot.

Apple butter cooking in the instant pot.

Turn Instant Pot to sauté, and allow the apple butter to reduce, stirring constantly, until it reaches your desired consistency. (It will thicken slightly when it cools as well.)

Stir in the vanilla extract after turning the Instant Pot off.

To sterilize your jars, place empty, clean jars right-side up on the rack of a water canner. Fill the canner and jars with hot water to about an 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a boil, and boil for 10 minutes.

Heat your rings and brand new lids in a saucepan of simmering water, until needed.

Just before filling, carefully remove the sterilized jars from the water with a jar lifter, draining any excess water back into your canner, and transfer to a clean kitchen towel.

Transfer the apple butter into sterile glass jars using either a spoon or a glass measuring cup, and a funnel. Leave about 1/4 inch head space if canning, or 1/2 inch head space if freezing.

Wipe rims with a clean dry cloth before proceeding.

If canning, screw the lids on but do not over-tighten. If freezing, screw the lids on tightly, allow to cool to room temperature before storing. If you intend to consume the apple butter right away simply store in your fridge after it has cooled to room temperature.

To can the apple butter, return your jars to the rack of the water canner, adding more hot water if needed to cover your jars by one inch. Bring the water back to a rolling boil, and process the jars for 10 minutes, being sure to maintain a rolling boil the entire processing time.

Lift the jars out of the water straight, avoiding tipping the jars. Place the hot jars on a towel to cool before storing somewhere dark and cool for 24 hours. 

After 24 hours check the seals by pressing the centre of the lid. The lids should not move if properly sealed and are safe to label and store. If any jars failed to seal, you can still freeze for long-term storage.

Canned apple butter should be stored in a dark cool place for up to 2 years.

Instant Pot Apple Butter
Yield: 3 Pints

Instant Pot Apple Butter

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

This Instant Pot apple butter recipe is perfect for fall! Made with just a few simple ingredients, it’s a delicious way to use up apples.

Ingredients

  • 5.5 lbs apples
  • 1 cup (200g) brown sugar, packed
  • ¾ cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Core and chop apples into small pieces, there is no need to peel the apples. Place the apples into the pot of a 6-quart Instant Pot.
  2. Combine the sugars, spices, and salt in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over the apples and mix well to coat.
  3. Place lid on the Instant Pot. Turn the Instant Pot to manual setting and pressure cook on high pressure for 90 minutes. Allow 10 minutes natural release before manually releasing any remaining pressure.
  4. Use an immersion blender to puree the apple butter until completely smooth. If you do not have an immersion blender, allow the apples to cool, then pour them into a blender and puree until smooth, and return to the instant pot.
  5. Turn Instant Pot to sauté, and allow the apple butter to reduce, stirring constantly, until it reaches your desired consistency. (It will thicken slightly when it cools as well.)
  6. Stir in the vanilla extract after turning the Instant Pot off.
  7. To sterilize your jars, place empty, clean jars right-side up on the rack of a water canner. Fill the canner and jars with hot water to about an 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a boil, and boil for 10 minutes.
  8. Heat your rings and brand new lids in a saucepan of simmering water, until needed.
  9. Just before filling, carefully remove the sterilized jars from the water with a jar lifter, draining any excess water back into your canner, and transfer to a clean kitchen towel.
  10. Transfer the apple butter into sterile glass jars using either a spoon or a glass measuring cup, and a funnel. Leave about 1/4 inch head space if canning, or 1/2 inch head space if freezing.
  11. Wipe rims with a clean dry cloth before proceeding.
  12. If canning, screw the lids on but do not over-tighten. If freezing, screw the lids on tightly, allow to cool to room temperature before storing. If you intend to consume the apple butter right away simply store in your fridge after it has cooled to room temperature.
  13. To can the apple butter, return your jars to the rack of the water canner, adding more hot water if needed to cover your jars by one inch. Bring the water back to a rolling boil, and process the jars for 10 minutes, being sure to maintain a rolling boil the entire processing time.
  14. Lift the jars out of the water straight, avoiding tipping the jars. Place the hot jars on a towel to cool before storing somewhere dark and cool for 24 hours. 
  15. After 24 hours check the seals by pressing the centre of the lid. The lids should not move if properly sealed and are safe to label and store. If any jars failed to seal, you can still freeze for long-term storage.

Notes

Canned apple butter should be stored in a dark cool place for up to 2 years. Once opened, store in the refrigerator for up to 30 days.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

96

Serving Size:

1 tablespoon

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 14Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 0g

This information is provided as a courtesy and for entertainment purposes only. This information comes from online calculators. Although frugalmomeh.com attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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This Instant Pot apple butter recipe is perfect for fall! Made with just a few simple ingredients, it's a delicious way to use up apples.

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