Canning Apple Pie Filling
How much do you love apple pie? You can make your apple pie filling and can it. It will make making apple pies easier in a pinch, Everything is cooked and you will only need to cook the crust. Not to mention, you can pick the type of apples and will know all the ingredients.
This tastes great out of the jar, in a pie, in empanadas, apple crisp, over ice cream, turn overs, and whatever else you decide to eat it with.
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Do You Use the Entire Apple for Pie Filling?
Short answer no. You need to peel core and slice the apples with your favorite apple peeler. You should also cut into slices that are consistent in size for even thorough cooking.
How Many Jars Do You Need For a Pie?
We can the pie filling in quart jars. You will need one jar to make a 9 inch pie.
Can You Use Corn Starch When Canning Apple Pie Filling?
It is no longer recommended to use cornstarch. You can use Clear Gel instead for canning your pie filling.
What Kind of Apples Do You Can With?
You should use baking apples, apples that will soften. We recommend Fuji, Gala, and Granny Smith.
We do not suggestion using Red Delicious, they are a firm apple best for eating apple and do not soften for pie making.
Canning Apple Pie Filling
- 6 quarts sliced apples
- 5 cups sugar
- 1 cup Clear Jel
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 5 cups water (or 5 cups apple juice for syrup)
- 5 cups hot tap water (in addition to above)
- 1/2 cup ½ cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup lemon juice for soaking
- In a pan, have the apples in water with 1/4 cup lemon juice. and allow to soak and bring to boil for 1 minute.
- While apples are cooking (in a separate pan) mix sugar, Clear Jel, cinnamon, nutmeg mix.
- Then add 5 cups hot tap water (or apple juice), and lemon juice in a pan.
- Stir and heat until bubbles.
- Remove apples from heat and drain,
- Pour the boiled syrup mix into apples and stir thoroughly.
- Place mix in jars with clean lids and rings.
- Place in hot water bath for 25 minutes for quarts.
- Remove from pot and allow to cool. To slow down cooling, you can place a towel or blanket around jars.
- Make your favorite apple pie
Barbara Mc/Whenihave Time says
This sounds wonderful. Will have to try this later this year!
Be sure to pin it for later! Happy canning (once we get apples!)
denise low says
Thanks so much for all the information about apple pie filling.
I hope you give it a try, it’s pretty simple!
My daughter’s mother-in-law taught her this a couple of years ago and it works great especially when a dessert is needed within a short while. It tastes great.
It’s nice when tips like this are shared. This will help out when you need a dessert in a pinch!
Laura @ Frugal Follies says
Love it! I can mango jam each year from the mangoes in my tree. When I find apples for cheap, I’m going to try this! Pinned and shared!
Thanks Laura! I’m jealous you have mango trees!
Christina Kelbel says
seems pretty simple and yummy. been thinking about trying my hand at canning.
I think you will get hooked once you start doing it Christina! Enjoy!
Susan Alban says
I have been wanting to do this! perhaps I will this fall! Thanks for the great recipe!
You are welcome Susan. Enjoy your pies!
I love the idea of having apple filling readily available for use. I wish my grandma was around, she loved making fresh apple pies that were so Yummy. She did a lot of canning as well. I personally, don’t do it because of the time involved. But making homemade stuff is always a better option than canned filling.
I miss my grandma too. Having the pie filling available, makes it easy to cook a pie as all the work is done!
This is a great idea and one that I am sure I will use a lot. Thank you
You are welcome. Enjoy!
Sharon Green says
This looks amazing! I would absolutely love to try this out – especially that it doesn’t seem too hard to make!
Think of it as making lots of apple pies at once for later. Nothing more than that really.
Roz K. Walker says
This sounds simple yet yummy. And by preparing it ahead of time, I can save time later in quickly putting together a pie. Looking forward to trying this out.
You are correct. Little effort when it comes to making the pie. It’s just Shake (outta the can) and Bake! 🙂
gina valley says
This is such a great idea.
I am looking forward to trying it.
My pack loves apple pie. I’m sure this will come in handy.
Enjoy Gina. Apple pie is my favorite too!
Oh, I love that this could be used also for empanadas! This looks like it will be delicious. Maybe even as if it would put restaurants to shame!! Thanks so much for sharing. Please, keep the recipes and ideas coming. Awesome post.
You are welcome Rhonda. Look for a recipe soon on how we did make Empanada’s with this pie filling!
Kristl Story says
Clever, clever! I always think of canning for basic fruits & veggies, but why not take the extra step and do pie filling! Yummy!
It’s like having a pie in a can/jar! And you know exactly what is in it! Very rewarding.