Tasting Apples, Making Instant Pot Applesauce {PNW Homeschool}

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Instant Pot Applesauce, Apple Tasting, and More During our PNW Homeschool Adventures.Instant Pot Applesauce is quick and easy and was the focus of our latest PNW homeschool adventure.

It’s apple season here in the Pacific Northwest. Last week was rainy and cold so instead of having a hiking adventure we chose to spend the morning sampling apples and making Instant Pot Applesauce!

Instant Pot Applesauce is quick and easy and was the focus of our latest PNW homeschool adventure.

Wyatt’s mom, Danielle, hosted last week’s homeschooling adventure. We started out by showing the kids how to make Instant Pot Applesauce. The day before, Apollo and I stopped by Bellewood Acres after school and grabbed a 25-pound box of Gala apple “seconds”. We took a bunch over to Danielle’s house and let the kids wash and peel them.

Instant Pot Applesauce is quick and easy and was the focus of our latest PNW homeschool adventure.

Instant Pot Applesauce Recipe

I hesitate to call this a recipe since it is so easy! Here is what you do:

Wash, peel, and core enough apples to fill Instant Pot.

Pour in one cup of water.

Sprinkle in some cinnamon.

Put on lid and cook at high pressure for 8 minutes.

Use quick release to release steam.

Mash with potato masher.

That’s it, my friends, homemade applesauce!

Instant Pot Applesauce is quick and easy and was the focus of our latest PNW homeschool adventure.

Instant Pot Applesauce is quick and easy and was the focus of our latest PNW homeschool adventure.

Once the applesauce was cooking we moved over to table where Danielle has set our an array of apples for the kids to sample.

Instant Pot Applesauce is quick and easy and was the focus of our latest PNW homeschool adventure.

Instant Pot Applesauce is quick and easy and was the focus of our latest PNW homeschool adventure.

Danielle was prepared with these cool Apple Taste Test worksheets printed from this website. The kids, of course, loved this activity.

Instant Pot Applesauce is quick and easy and was the focus of our latest PNW homeschool adventure.

Afterward, Apollo read some quality literature to his little buddies.

Here are some other great resources for hosting your own Apple Unit Study:

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As a homeschooling family, we have been reading Gail Gibbons books for years. They have a great mixture of science and storytelling!

How Do Apples Grow is another great book about apples.

I don’t know a single kid who doesn’t enjoy Ten Apples Up on Top.

I love this book which talks about seasons since we live in an area that grows apples. IN fact, we have three apple trees in our front yard!

Gift of Curiosity has a great apple unit study and free printables.

Deep Roots at Home has a more in-depth apple unit study including spelling words and vocabulary.

Happiness is Homemade also has a fun unit study with (best of all) pictures of her kids working on the apple projects.

If you have any great apple crafts or ideas be sure and link in the comments, I’d love to see them!

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7 Responses

  1. We love the following books (in addition to 10 Apples Up On Top):

    Golden Delicious: A Cinderella Apple Story (history of the golden delicious apple told in a fun picture book)

    Johnny Appleseed: The Story of a Legend (wonderful story and great pictures about Johnny Appleseed–it’s longer, but we just read it in one day)

    The Very Helpful Hedgehog (short and sweet with lovely pictures–a lonely hedgehog helps a donkey reach some apples)

    How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World (journey around the world getting ingredients for apple pie–short and wonderful!)

  2. Oh, and a great book to go with a pumpkin theme is The Pumpkin Runner.

  3. And another apple book for Christians: 3 in 1: A Picture of God. Explains the trinity to children using an apple: Peel, Flesh, and Core as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

  4. I used to do sauce like that, but here’s a few things I have found to be improvements: don’t peel. Wash well, but leave the peels on (with the exception of blemishes/scabs/bad spots). When it’s soft, puree it all with an immersion blender. Keeping the skins in makes a darker sauce, but it’s also thicker because apple skins are high in pectin. And you didn’t loose any of the nutrition in the skins, either! I’m canning applesauce today, actually. 🙂 Using Braeburns, Golden Delicious, Winesap and GoldRush (which is my favorite apple ever).

    • Really??? I have been trying to figure out how to do this without peeling because our apple trees make such tiny apples I can’t peel them. I am going to try this!

  5. I’ll have to try the immersion blender.. We don’t peel or core but rather quarter and then run them through the food mill.. I also had vanilla and use apple juice instead of water. My girls beg for it op

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