Apple Butter

Let’s talk about Apple Butter for just a second because it’s seriously so delicious.

I have always been a fan of Apple Butter. My dad’s mother used to buy it and put it on toast when I was young, and I fell in love with it! I don’t eat it nearly as much as I’d like to, mostly because it is so expensive. I spent some time on Pinterest, (my favorite social media platform by far!) and discovered a pretty simple recipe for Homemade Instant Pot Apple Butter. Y’all, let me tell you!!!!!!! I became a changed woman. That recipe was incredibly easy to make and it was so yummy.

First, let me give a quick shout out to the boyfriend for buying me Lucille, my instant pot! Yes, I named her Lucille.

Anyways, I went on Amazon and bought these cute little glass containers to put my apple butter in.

What you need:

  • An Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Immersion Blender or Ninja Blender
  • Funnel
  • Ladle
  • Jars

The Recipe:

  • 4 pounds apples (I used Fiji but you can use any one you’d like. Other apples that are great for this recipe include Jonathan, Classic Red, or Braeburn apples)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Molasses
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar (I used granulated and it worked just fine)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to make it:

  1. Core and slice the apples. Cut out any bad spots. Leave the peel on!
  2. Put the sliced apples into your Instant Pot!
  3. Add water, molasses, sugar, brown sugar, spices, lemon juice, and vanilla extract to the Instant Pot. If you want to mix everything together, you can; but there’s no need to until after it all cooks.
  4. Put the lid in place on the Instant Pot. Press Manual or Pressure Cook for 15 minutes and let it cook.
  5. When it’s finished cooking, allow the pressure cooker to do a natural release.
  6. Purée the mixture with your immersion blender, or mash the apples with a potato masher. If you only have a regular blender, feel free to use that. It’s up to you how you prefer the texture or consistency.
  7. Using a ladle, pour the hot apple butter into each prepared jar… You can use a ladle or a measuring cup to pour. I highly recommend a funnel to help with this process.
  8. Wipe the top rim of each jar with a wet towel or rag, so it’s clean and the lid will seal during the canning process (if canning). Then place the lid on, and tighten the band.
  9. You can freeze apple butter, but be sure to leave about a 1/2-inch gap at the top of each jar to allow for expansion in the freezer. Also, allow the jars to completely cool before placing in the freezer.
  10. And now you can enjoy!!!!!!