In the fall my family loves to go apple picking. We live in Virginia so we have to travel to the mountains to find a good orchard. We live on the coast and there are no apple orchards near us. It’s about a two hour drive from our home to a beautiful apple orchard. They also sell hot apple cider and apple cider donuts! Yum!

When we go apple picking we don’t buy a ton. We get enough to make a batch of homemade applesauce as well as one apple pie (per my husband’s request). We do a little study about apples ahead of time so my boys know how apples grow and such. We have a lot of fun with it.

Below I will share my applesauce recipe. It is SUPER easy. But, you will need one essential tool: an electric pressure cooker. You can get them most anywhere. You can use it for tons of things. It is my favorite kitchen appliance. The instructions below are for a specific brand (Instant Pot) so check your manual before following these instructions because the buttons could be a little different.

Homemade Applesauce Recipe


  • 6-8 large apples (any kind is fine but I like to use a mix of Granny Smith and Gala)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1-2 tsp. Cinnamon


  1. Core apples and cut into 2-inch chunks. Discard core, stem, and seeds.
  2. Place in electric pressure cooker liner along with 1 cup of water.
  3. Close the cooker lid and set steam vent to the seal position. Set to manual high pressure for 8 minutes.
  4. Once the timer goes off after cooking, let it naturally release (or just sit) for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Perform a quick release (moving the steam vent to quickly release the pressure). Once the pressure pin has dropped, open the lid.
  6. Remove access water and put apples into a blender. Mix until it’s as smooth as you like it.
  7. Add the cinnamon (you can add more or less depending on your personal preference).
  8. Let cool in fridge before placing in mason jars to store.


This keeps in the fridge for a few weeks. Of course, it doesn’t last very long around here.

I found a ton of apple books and games (as well as an apple slicer and corer) on Rainbow Resource Center’s website. Check it out. I love books with a specific theme. I keep them in small bin so we have access to them when we need to.

Happy Apple Picking!