Can Apple Pie Filling Recipe

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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.

Check out our other canning recipes.

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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.

canned apple pie

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.

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Canning Apple Pie Filling

Homemade apple pie filling is simple to make. You can can apple pie filling with this simple recipe. Make a delicious homemade apple pie.
Course: Canning
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 batch
Author: Regina Sober


  • 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


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Homemade apple pie filling is pretty simple to make. You can can apple pie filling with this simple recipe. You are this close to a delicious homemade apple pie.

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  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

    1. I miss my grandma too. Having the pie filling available, makes it easy to cook a pie as all the work is done!

  7. This looks amazing! I would absolutely love to try this out – especially that it doesn’t seem too hard to make!

  8. 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.

    1. You are correct. Little effort when it comes to making the pie. It’s just Shake (outta the can) and Bake! 🙂

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Clever, clever! I always think of canning for basic fruits & veggies, but why not take the extra step and do pie filling! Yummy!

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