Instant Pot Applesauce – Simple & Yummy – No Added Sugar

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One of the many things I enjoy about the fall season, are the beautiful golden apples that come off our apple tree. I just couldn’t let all those apples go to waste, so I decided to make some applesauce. Using the Instant Pot to cook the apples made the process sooooooooo much easier. Seriously, there is no end to what this appliance can do.

This applesauce recipe is SIMPLE, quick and so yummy. There is not even any sugar added.

Here is a quick video tutorial to show how easy it is.

Here is the detailed low down.

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Items needed

Applesauce ingredients

  •  Apples – approximately 10 cups sliced apples ( 20-25 apples)
  •  1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  •  3/4 cup Water
  •  1 Tablespoon Lemon juice (optional) if canning be sure to use lemon juice

Applesauce Instructions

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Fill the sink full of water and wash all of the apples

This little gadget makes making applesauce a breeze. It is also great for dehydrating apples, or whenever you want a bunch of apples sliced evenly for salads or snacking. You can do without it, however it does make things much easier! It PEELS, SLICES and CORES the apples all at once.

Slice, core and peel the apples.

You can leave the skin on if you choose. If you don’t have a slicer, just cut up the apples into 1 inch chunks. The apple skins are a nice addition to the compost pile, if you have one.

Fill the Instant Pot with apples. Don’t go over the max line.

Add 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice.

If you are eating the applesauce right away, you can get away with not putting the lemon juice in it. If you are going to can or freeze it, I recommenced using the lemon juice to help preserve and help with acid balance. I don’t think it alters the taste either way.

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Add 3/4 cup water and the cinnamon.

Place the lid on the Instant Pot and flip valve for pressure.

Click “MANUAL” high pressure

Adjust time to 5 minutes

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‘NATURAL RELEASE” After the timer goes off let the pressure release naturally for approximately 24 minutes.

Remove lid. Take an immersion blender and blend until it is the consistency that you like.

Immersion blenders work like a charm and do it quickly. You can also use a blender or potato masher.

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Ladle into glass jars.

If canning, be sure to leave 1/2 inch headspace at the top of the jar!

You can eat it right away, freeze, or can the applesauce. Soooooooo yummy!

Canning instructions

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Place jars in a hot water bath and process 20 minutes.

Start timing when the water is at a rapid boil.

Remove jars and place them on a dishcloth.

Let them sit for 24 hours to make sure it seals. They will usually seal within minutes.

Instant Pot Applesauce – Simple & Yummy – No Added Sugar

Instant Pot Applesauce Youmakeitsimple.com

A simple, delicious applesauce.  Quick and easy to make using the Instant Pot. No sugar is needed! Sweet with a hint of cinnamon, you’re going to love it!

  • Prep Time20 min
  • Cook Time40 min
  • Total Time1 hr
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Ingredients

    • 20-25 apples (approximately 10 cups sliced apples)
    • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
    • 3/4 Cup water
    • 1 Teaspoon Lemon juice
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INSTUCTIONS

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Fill the sink full of water and wash all of the apples

 
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Slice, core and peel the apples. Some say you really don’t need to peel the apples, but I do. It would add extra fiber, but not sure what the texture would be.

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If you don’t have a slicer, just cut up the apples into 1 inch chunks.

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Fill the Instant Pot with apples. Don’t go over the max line.

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Add 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice.

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Add 3/4 cup water

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Place the lid on the Instant Pot and flip valve for pressure.

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Click “MANUAL” high pressure

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Adjust time to 5 minutes

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‘NATURAL RELEASE” After timer goes off let pressure release naturally for approximately 24 minutes.

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Remove lid. Take an immersion blender and blend until it is the consistency that you like.

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Ladle into glass jars.

Canning Instructions

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Place jars in hot water bath and process 20 minutes. Start timing when the water is at a rapid boil.

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Remove jars and place on dish cloth. Let them sit for 24 hours to make sure it seals. They will usually seal within minutes.

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There you have it! Go find some beautiful apples and make some yummy applesauce!

Check out these other Instant Pot Recipes.

Happy Autumn!

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Diy Baby Beanie Hats from Recycled T shirts

Repurposing clothing is something I get excited about, and it’s not only from sweaters. There are a lot of things you can do with an upcycled T SHIRT as well. How about a baby beanie?

Baby and toddler clothes are so fun to make with upcycled t shirts because they don’t require a lot of fabric. These beanie hats are so fun and easy to make.

Although I don’t have any little ones around at the time, I was preparing some baby gifts and wanted to add a few beanie hats to what I had already purchased. I got into my t-shirts box (yep, I save a few nice t-shirts as well as sweaters) and found some cute t-shirts that would work for beanies. They were cut out and sewn in 30 minutes.

This pattern includes THREE different types of hats and THREE different sizes.

Supplies & Items Needed

  • Stretchy knit t-shirts or knit fabric

Look for soft stretchy fabric that would feel good on the little ones’ heads.

  • Pattern (downloaded and cut out)
  • Scissors
  • Pins or fabric clips
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine (single needle or serger can be used)

**If using a single needle machine, set the stitch to a small zigzag stitch to prevent seams from popping. 4 width and 1 1/2 length.

BABY BEANIE PRINTABLE PATTERN

1-  Choose an existing t-shirt or purchase 1/4 yard of knit fabric

Remember that this fabric will be touching a baby’s head, so find something that is cozy and soft to the touch. (Most knits are).

2-  cut out the pattern size and pin  on fabric

Make sure the stretch of the fabric is going horizontal as indicated on the pattern. To make things quicker, double fabric so you only have to make one cut. You need two top pieces.

3-  Fold fabric in half and place cuff piece on the fold where indicated on the pattern.

Pin in place and cut out. You only need one cuff.

4-  Place top pieces Right Sides Together (RST).

Pin in place and sew the top sides. Do not sew the V pleat yet.

 

5-  Fold the cuff in half horizontally with (RST) and sew the side seam.

6-  Sew top piece darts.

Fold the top piece together so the side seams you just sewed are in alignment. Pin in place. Sew from the dart end all the way over the top to the end of the dart. Angle off slowly to prevent seam puff. Clip threads.

7-   marking 1/2 way points with pins

With the top piece folded in half, mark the outer points with pins.

8- Hat cuff

Fold the cuff piece in half, with (RST) to form a band. Now place a pin at the half way point.

9-  Putting it all together

With the WRONG side out of the top piece, take the cuff and align 1/2 way points. Make sure the seam of the cuff is not on one of the side seams of the top piece. (You’ll want the seam to be in the back of the beanie not on the side.

Secure in place with pins and sew all the way around.

10- Press seam allowance towards the top piece

Take an iron and press the seam towards the top piece. This will allow the cuff to fold nicely.

11- Press cuff fold

Turn the right side to the outside and fold cuff in half. Press inner fold.

Ta-dah!  Now wasn’t that a snap.

Instructions Top knot beanie

1-  Place (RST) and sew around beanie top, leaving the bottom open.

2-  Follow the same basic instruction from the basic beanie.

3-  After pressing the beanie, tie a knot in the top hat tail.

Isn’t this adorable!

Instructions for Baby bear beanie

1-  With (RST) sew around ears and cuff side seam.

2-  Turn earns inside out and fold pleats, then pin in place.

You can baste to hold in place or just pin.

3-  Place the ears where indicated on the pattern.

Take the other top piece and put it on top of the ears. (RST). Line up edges. (The ears will extend past the edge). Pin in place and sew the two sides.

4- Line up the side seams and sew the dart seam, just as with the basic beanie instructions above.

5-   Apply the cuff.

Press seam allowance.

These beanies make great baby gifts or whip some up for your own little one.

Here are some other fun baby gift tutorials.

Patterns can be found in my Etsy shop.

Some other T-shirt repurposing posts

Upcycling T Shirts 

Repurposing T Shirts – Cutting Out Tips

Happy sewing!

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    There is starting to be a little nip in the air and that means it’s HAT time! If you have some old sweaters kicking around that you don’t want to wear anymore, give them a second life and make a few sweater hats. These hats are easy to make and there are so many options. Only basic sewing skills are needed.

    Types of sweater hats

    Pilot & Pixie Caps

    These caps are great for the little ones ears. Made out of a soft cashmere sweater or thin sweater edged with fleece, makes the perfect hat for these cool fall days. Can be made using fleece and upcycled t-shirts as well.

    Bobbi Jo Hat

    A fun box shape hat.

    Beanie

    Make a traditional beanie out of a stylish plain or patterned sweater.

    Spiral Beanie

    This is a super cute beanie. Looks intimidating to make, but very easy to sew up.

    Go HERE to check out some great tips on how to find, cut up and prepare a sweater for crafting.

    These sweater hat patterns come in a wide range of sizes, from infant to adult. With Christmas coming up, these make great gifts!

    Get out your sweater stash, or find an old sweater kicking around and make an authentic, one of a kind sweater hat!

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    Bruschetta – Simply the Best!

    For lunch today I whipped up a bowl, toasted some baguette slices and my daughter and I sat there and enjoyed a bruschetta lunch.

    This recipe is so simple to make and taste truly amazing! I could drink the stuff. This is a great recipe to make during the summer when you have a garden full of tomatoes and basil available.

    bruschetta INGREDIENTS

    • 2 ½ cups roma tomatoes (cut up finely)
    • 1-2 small garlic cloves (minced)
    • 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    • 1/3 cup fresh basil (thinly cut)
    • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
    • 1 baguette, sliced and toasted
    • Olive oil for basting the bread

    DIRECTIONS

    Combine everything but the bread in a medium sized bowl and mix well.

    Let it sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes to allow the flavors to marinate.

     

    While the bruschetta is marinating, pre-heat the oven for 375 degrees. Slice the bread and place it on a cookie sheet. Using a baster, apply a thin coat of olive oil to the top side of the bread. Cook the bread long enough for it to get crispy and golden.

    Spoon the mixture on top of the sliced bread and ENJOY!

    Heaven!

    You may also like this Hummus recipe.

    and this pesto recipe.

    Bruschetta – Simply the Best!

    This recipe is so simple to make and taste truly amazing! Perfect for a summer brunch or snack.
    • Prep Time15 min
    • Cook Time50 min
    • Total Time1 hr 5 min
    • Yield6
    • Course
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    INGREDIENTS

      • 2 ½ cups roma tomatoes (cut up finely)
      • 1-2 small garlic cloves (minced)
      • 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
      • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
      • 1/3 cup fresh basil (thinly cut)
      • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
      • ½ teaspoon salt
      • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
      • 1 baguette, sliced and toasted
      • Olive oil for basting the bread
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    INSTUCTIONS

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    Combine everything but the bread in a medium sized bowl and mix well.

     
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    Let it sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes to allow the flavors to marinate.

     
    3

    bruschetta bread bastingWhile the bruschetta is marinating, pre-heat the oven for 375 degrees. Slice the bread and place it on a cookie sheet. Using a baster, apply a thin coat of olive oil to the top side of the bread. Cook the bread long enough for it to get crispy and golden.

    4

    bruschettaSpoon the mixture on top of the sliced bread and ENJOY!

    Heaven!

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