Apple Butter

After my apple picking trip and tasting the freshly baked biscuits with apple butter at the onsite BBQ food truck, I was inspired to make my own apple butter.

Earlier this year I decided to jump on the Instant Pot bandwagon and now I’m trying to find uses for it. Apple butter was a perfect reason to pull it out. I washed and cored almost 5 pounds of apples in a combination of Sun Crisps, Fuji and other apples. I was very happy that I did not have to peel them, since skins can stay on for apple butter. Note to self – time to buy an apple peeler/corer that attaches to the counter top or to my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. I then added the apples, sugars, cinnamon, and freshly grated nutmeg to the pot along with 1/4 cup of water and a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. 15 minutes on high pressure then 15 minutes letting it sit and release the pressure (natural release).

The apples were fully cooked when I opened the pot so the next step was to puree and for this I used my immersion blender. Using an immersion blender for food that’s in a pot is so much easier than transferring the food to a regular blender to puree especially when the food is still hot. The mixture was a bit too watery for me so I set the Instant Pot to sauté for 30 mins and then it was perfect.

Apple butter in a jar
Apple butter in a jar

Now my dilemma is – what am I going to do with 3 jars of apple butter!

Apple Butter

Apple Butter

Home made apple butter with a variety of apples
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American


  • Instant Pot
  • Immersion or standard Blender
  • Apple corer or Apple slicer/corer
  • Knife


  • 5 lbs Apples Washed and cored
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  • Wash, core and cut apples
    5 lbs Apples
  • Add all ingredients to the pot in the order above then close and lock the lid
    5 lbs Apples, 1/2 cup Brown sugar, 1/2 cup Granulated sugar, 1 tbsp Cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 cup Water, 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Set the instant pot to high pressure for 15 mins then let it natural release for 15 minutes
  • Use an immersion blender to puree the ingredients to the desired consistency. If you are using a stand along blender, wait for the apple to cool before adding to the blender jar.
  • If the apple butter is too watery, use the instant pot on saute mode for another 30 minutes with the cover off.
  • Spoon into jars and refrigerate. Apple butter can be refrigerated for 7 days or frozen for a year.


  • Using an apple slicer to create wedges makes the process easier
  • You can add more sugar if the apple butter is not sweet enough
Keyword Apple, Apple Butter, Immersion Blender, Instant Pot

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