Go Back

Food MIll [Instant Pot] Applesauce

Learn how to make homemade applesauce in less than 30 minutes inside the Instant Pot with a food mill. You just need about 3-5 pounds of apples depending on the size of your Instant Pot. 
Course Snack
Cuisine American
30 minutes
Author Eric Samuelson


  • Instant Pot
  • Food Mill


  • 3-5 lbs apples cored and halved
  • ¼-1/3 cup water
  • spices (like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, tc). optional, to taste


  • Remove the core from your apples. Leave the skins. They will be removed later by the food mill.
  • Place into the pot of your Instant Pot, making sure to not fill them above the maximum fill line.
  • Add ⅓ cup to ¼ cup of water to just cover the very bottom of the pot, so that the apples don't stick to the bottom
  • Set your Instant Pot to high pressure for 5 minutes. 
  • Allow to naturally release.
  • Open the lid and allow the sauce to cool for 5 minutes.
  • If you have peeled the apples and the sauce is too chunky, you can use a immersion/stick blender, hand blender, or potato masher to smooth out. 
  • After you are done with the food mill, If you think your applesauce is too thin, set the Instant Pot to sauté and reduce some of the moisture in it. Be sure to stay nearby and stir often until desired consistency. 


How to Run Applesauce Through a Food Mill
  1. Fill the food mill up no more than ¾ of the way up with the cooked applesauce
  2. Turn it clockwise 3 times.
  3. Then turn it counter clockwise once. This will help clear anything sticking to the bottom.
  4. Repeat until it's basically only skins in the mill.
  5. If you have more applesauce to run through it, dump out the skins and start the process over.
The instructions for running through a food mill are the same no matter how you cooked your applesauce.