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Pressure Cooker Applesauce Recipe


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Making an applesauce recipe in a pressure cooker takes mere minutes and yields delicious, tender-yet-chunky results. Use a combination of tart and sweet apples, or adjust the amounts of brown sugar and lemon juice in this applesauce recipe to achieve the perfect sweet-tart flavor. I used all golden delicious apples for this recipe, but they were more tart than this variety usually is.

To easily core an apple, try Calphalon's Apple Corer.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 minutes

Total Time: 14 minutes


  • 2 1/2 pounds apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cups apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Pinch kosher salt


  1. In a pressure cooker, combine apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, apple juice, lemon juice and salt. Cover the cooker and lock into place, then place cooker on the stove over high heat. Bring pressure cooker up to high pressure, then immediately start timer for 4 minutes and reduce the heat to maintain pressure.

  2. After 4 minutes, remove pressure cooker from the heat and release pressure using the natural method (in other words, just let closed pressure cooker rest until the pressure gauge indicates the steam pressure has been released, about 10 minutes). Carefully open lid away from you. With a wooden spoon, stir apples, breaking up large chunks, until you've achieved the desired consistency. If you like a very smooth applesauce, you can put the mixture in a food processor or put it through a food mill.

This applesauce recipe makes about 4 cups of applesauce.

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