This homemade instant pot apple butter recipe is so simple to make and delicious! Fall eating should always include something with apple butter on or in it!! The spices add warmth to dishes that make it ideal for fall and winter cooking and eating. You can make apple butter in a crock pot but my favorite way to make it is by using my instant pot.
I don’t recommend using this recipe on a stove because it needs to cook for 30 hours and it’s not a good idea to have your stove going when you’re asleep. Plus, it’s fussy to keep your apple butter from scorching at the bottom.
This post contains affiliate links, which means I make a small commission at no cost to you. Click here for my full disclosure.
Who can resist the lovely fragrance of apples simmering away? The kitchen smells so good with the apples and all the warm spices used to make this apple butter. I’m sure you’re going to love it, too!
Apple butter is delicious on sandwiches and biscuits or toast but our favorite way to eat it is stirred into some hot oatmeal. We add some mashed banana and apple butter to every batch of plain oatmeal and it’s simply THE BEST!
Before I got my instant pot, I used to make apple butter in my big crock pot. It turned out great each time I made it, so if you don’t have an instant pot, the recipe is the same for using a crock pot.
Instructions for Making Instant Pot Apple Butter
This recipe is very versatile and you can adjust the seasonings to your taste, but I’ll give you a slightly sweet and moderately spicy apple butter recipe.
First, get out your ingredients for the apple butter.
You’ll need about 25-30 medium-sized apples to start with and more for later. It’ll be worthwhile to use a variety of apples to get a greater depth of flavor but use what you can get. (Golden Delicious and Jonagold or Gala pair well together.) Go with organic apples if you have them since apples are always on the “dirty dozen” list of produce. (Click here for more details on the “dirty dozen” and the “clean fifteen” list.) You’ll also need sugar (organic if you have it), ground cinnamon (ceylon cinnamon is best), ground allspice, and ground cloves. (See links at the bottom of this post.)
Instructions for Making Apple Butter
Wash, core (save your scraps for making apple scrap vinegar), and chop enough apples to fill up your instant pot. I leave the peel on the apples because that’s where most of the nutrients are. Once it’s blended up, the peels almost disappear. Also, don’t add any water regardless of if you’re using a crock pot or an instant pot. The juice from the apples will be released during the slow cooking process.
Then add 2 cups of sugar, 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of ground cloves, and 1 teaspoon of ground allspice. Mix well with a wooden spoon or spatula.
Add your lid to your instant pot, push the “crock pot” or “slow cook” button, set the heat to “low,” set the timer for 10 hours, and then set your lid to “vent” mode. The “keep warm” option on your instant pot should also be on just in case you’re busy (or sleeping) 10 hours after you do this step.
10 Hours Later…
After 10 hours, take your lid off and give your apples a stir.
The apples should be starting to soften and cook down. Go ahead and add more washed, cored, and cut apples to fill your instant pot back up again. Alternatively, if you have leftover apple pulp from making apple juice and apple jelly, you can add your apple pulp to your pot.
Taste your apple butter and add more spices to taste. I personally like to add another 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of cloves, and 1 teaspoon of allspice. I don’t add more sugar.
Add your lid and set your timer for another 10 hours on “low.”
20 Hours In…
When your timer goes off again (20 hours into the process), take your lid off and give your apples a stir. Add more apples or apple pulp to fill your pot back up one more time. Then add additional spices to taste.
Set your timer for another 10 hours on “low.”
30 Hours In…
When your timer goes off again (30 hours into the process), take your lid off and give your apples a stir. If your pot is still basically full, you won’t need to add any more apples or apple pulp.
Use your immersion blender and blend up your apples into apple butter.
Your apples should be very soft and blend easily with your immersion blender. Be careful not to overblend or it’ll turn into a liquid! There shouldn’t be too much liquid in your pot after this process, either. However, if you find a lot of juice is still in your pot, continue cooking down your apples for another 5 to 10 hours with the lid vented until it’s the thickness and consistency that you want. Alternatively, if your apple butter is too dry, you can add water or apple juice until it’s the thickness and consistency that you want.
Taste your finished apple butter and add more spices, if necessary.
Recipe for Apple Butter
- Instant Pot or Crock Pot
- immersion blender
- measuring cup
- measuring spoons
- wooden spoon
- 30 apples, cored and chopped
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground cloves
- 2 tsp ground allspice
- Wash, core, and chop enough apples to fill your instant pot. Add 2 cups of sugar, 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of ground allspice, and 1 teaspoon of ground cloves. Mix with the apples. Add your lid, set the timer for 10 hours, select the "slow cook" or "crock pot" function, set your lid to "vent" mode, and select "low" heat and the "keep warm" option.
- After 10 hours, take your lid off and stir your apples. Add more washed, cored, and chopped apples (or apple pulp leftover from making apple juice and apple jelly) to fill your pot back up again. Add another 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of ground allspice, and 1 teaspoon of ground cloves.
- After another 10 hours (20 hours into the process), take your lid off and stir your apples. Add more washed, cored, and chopped apples to fill your pot back up again. Add more spices to taste. Set your lid back on and set the timer for another 10 hours on "low."
- After yet another 10 hours (30 hours into the process), take your lid off and stir your apples. Use your immersion blender to blend your apple butter to the consistency and texture that you want. Be careful not to blend so much that you liquefy your apple butter, though. If your apple butter still has too much juice in it, continue cooking on low heat for another 5 to 10 hours until it's the consistency that you want. Alternatively, if it's too dry, add water or apple juice.
- Taste your finished apple butter and add more spices to taste.
Canning Your Apple Butter
- Prepare your water bath canner, jars, lids, and bands by heating up your canner with the jars submerged in water. Use new lids and make sure lids and bands are clean.
- Ladle hot apple butter into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding more apple butter. Wipe the rims of your jars with hot water, center the lid on your jar, and screw the band down until it's fingertip-tight.
- Place jars in your hot canner using a jar lifter. Make sure jars are covered by at least 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil and process jars for 10 minutes. Remove the lid and wait 5 more minutes. Then carefully remove your jars and cool for at least 12 hours.
- After 12 hours, remove the bands and ensure that the lids have sealed properly. Then label and store your apple butter.
Canning Your Apple Butter
When your apple butter tastes the way you want it, and is the texture and consistency that you desire, it’s time to get your water bath canner ready.
Most apples are acidic enough to be canned without added acid; however, if you’re worried that your apples were not acidic enough, add some lemon juice to your apple butter and mix well. (Note: The Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving, written by safe-canning experts, has a traditional apple butter canning recipe that does not add any extra acid and just uses apples, sugar, and spices. Apples are considered acidic.)
Prepare your canner, jars, lids, and bands by heating up your canner with your jars submerged in water. Use new canning lids and make sure the lids and bands are clean.
Ladle hot apple butter into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Then wipe the rims of the jars clean using a clean rag dipped in hot water. (I usually use hot canning water.) Center the lid on your jars and screw the bands down just until they are fingertip-tight.
Place jars in your hot canner using a jar lifter. Make sure the jars are covered by at least 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil and process jars for 10 minutes if your elevation is 1,000 feet or less. (See below for processing times for different elevations.) Remove the lid and wait 5 more minutes. Then carefully remove your jars and cool for at least 12 hours.
After 12 hours, remove the bands and ensure that the lids have sealed properly. Then label and store your apple butter.
Processing Time for Different Elevations
Since water boils at different temperatures depending on elevation, you may need to adjust your processing time. The Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving has the following chart for high-acid foods such as this apple butter, that is processed in a boiling-water canner.
|Elevation (Feet)||Elevation (Meters)||Processing Time|
|Sea Level (1,000 feet or less)||305 meters or less||10 minutes|
|1,001 to 3,000||306 to 915||15 minutes|
|3,001 to 6,000||916 to 1,830||20 minutes|
|6,001 to 8,000||1,831 to 2,440||25 minutes|
|8,001 to 10,000||2,441 to 3,050||30 minutes|
Leave a comment
Please leave a comment if you enjoyed this post and found it helpful. Thank you!
CANNING REDUCED-SUGAR APPLE JELLY
Shop This Post!
Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
Pin It For Later
Leave a Reply