Since writing a blog several days ago about substituting some fruits for oil or butter in a recipe, I have received some requests for a recipe of applesauce in a pressure cooker. It will soon be time to head to the orchards and fill your trunk with loads of delicious apples. What can be fresher? Besides just eating the apples there are many other things to do with them. You can make up several apple pies and apple cobblers to freeze and have in the dead of winter to bring a little sunshine into your life. You can even dehydrate the apples to use all winter long. If you are into canning, you can put up some apples in jars to be used for different baking projects. And of course, an all-time favorite—make loads of applesauce.
This is an easy recipe and just takes minutes after the apples are prepared. Start off with 3 lbs. of apples. They need to be peeled, cored and quartered. This may sound like a daunting project but there are several different small kitchen appliances, some manual and some electric, that can take care of these chores quickly and efficiently. If you have children, they love doing the work and handling this project. They especially love the appliance that manually peels the apples.
Place into pressure cooker the following ingredients:
3 pounds of prepared apples
½ cup minus 1 teaspoon of brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup apple juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
Cover and lock pressure cooker. Bring it to high pressure. When it reaches high pressure, reduce heat and maintain pressure for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and wait for gauge to indicate that it is ok to open the pressure cooker. This usually takes 10 to 15 minutes
This is a chunky apple sauce which a lot of people love, but if you want a smoother variety there are several ways to smooth it out. The applesauce can be put into a blender for very, very smooth applesauce. Also, try putting the applesauce through a food mill for a smoother consistency. I actually like to use my potato masher to get the consistency my family likes.
Apple Tip: You can use any type of apple for this sauce, but keep in mind some apples are sweeter than others. I personally like to use a mixture of apples to even out the flavor. Just ask the helpers at the orchard which are their sweeter apples to make sure some of those are added into the blend.
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