Apple Pie Filling (canning recipe)

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Apple Pie is awesome.

Homemade apple pie is more awesome.

Wouldn't it be wonderful to have homemade apple pie filling in your pantry for those cold days when filling the kitchen with warmth and the smell of apple pie is necessary?

Now you can take your fall excess of apples and preserve them in their most awesome form (I have nothing against applesauce, but it's just not pie) You can make homemade apple pie in February from apples you picked in October from the local orchard instead of buying apples imported from China. 

What do you need?
  • Apples (7 quarts peeled, cored & sliced)
  • Sugar (4 1/2 cups)
  • Corn Starch (1 cup)
  • Cinnamon (2 tsp)
  • Nutmeg (1/4 tsp)
  • Salt (1 tsp)
  • Water (10 cups)
  • Lemon Juice (3 tbs)
  • 7 Quart jars, lids & rings
  • Jar lifter
  • Large pot with rack (for canning)
  • Large saucepan
  • Cutting board & implements of peeling/coring/slicing
  • Big bowl
  • Ladle
  • Jar Funnel (recommended)

Step 1: Jars & Apples

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I like to just run my jars & lids in the dishwasher with heated dry to sterilize, you can also boil the jars and rings in the canning water.  Take your sterilized jars, rings & lids air dry while you do the fun part...

Peeling, coring and slicing 7 quarts of apples.

7 quarts of apple slices is a significant quantity of apples, I started with 9 pounds of apples (which left some room for snacking).

Start with a large bowl of water with some lemon juice or Ball fruit preserve mixed in to prevent oxidation.

Now grab your peeler, corer and knife and get to work, you might want to plug in your laptop, this will take awhile, but it is worth every slice (trust me) 

Put the slices in the lemon water mix, then into the sterilized jars, leaving 1" head space.

MelissaH2515 days ago

also, does it matter what apples we use? im not talking about which are best for pies, just which ones are best/worst for cannig

NolaR15 days ago
2Cupcakes4U9 months ago

What I want to know is, out of all the kinds of apples out there, WHICH type of apples are best for canning like this, and don't turn to mush?

Betty WordenF10 months ago

Awesome recipe..just perfect.

When using Clear gel and Splenda, do you use same amounts in place of cornstarch and sugar??

Getting ready to make this. Can I had a cup of frozen or thawed cranberries to this without messing up the recipe or canning safety or should I wait to add at time of baking? We love apple cranberry. Looking forward to this.

SueB510 months ago


britchick8811 months ago

This is in my canner right now!!!! Can't wait for winter so I can try it :)

pitwoman11 months ago

When I make apple pie, I don't add liquid (except the lemon juice I use in the bowl to slice the apples into), just sugar and spices. They always come out to be the 'just right' amount of juicyness. With all this liquid, won't the pie be runny?

AmandaMoutos11 months ago

Do you still suggest 1" headspace after the syrup is poured in? These look much more full than that. Thanks!

Loved this recipe - thanks for sharing!

linnann.pike11 months ago

Also for those of you who have way too many apples, lol. You can cut into slices or even diced to put in oatmeal later and dry in the oven. slice or dice, put onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Put a sheet on each oven rack. turn oven on to lowest temp. My oven goes down to 170, fold a pot holder twice and put in corner of oven door for air flow. How thick you slice depends on how long to leave them, 3-7 hours. Stay awake until you know how long it takes with your cutting, but you can set at night and it warms the house when it's cooler weather, you can always set alarm to check if you want to do it at night.

ClintsWife1 year ago
Sooooo, how long do I boil in hot water bath? Or do you not do that?

I hope someone answered you, but if not, 20 minutes after it comes to a boil

sarlibby1 year ago
I forgot the lemon juice!!! Do I need to throw them away?

I hope you didn't throw it away. because it's a fruit, it has enough acid, just stir some lemon in when you pour it out in a bowl first. If your apples are a tart kind, they will be fine without the lemon

Greatest recipe ever. Made some in the fall, and I'm opening them up today for a tasty pie. Great work.

llggee1 year ago
Today we juiced apples for hard cider. Earlier this week I made two batches of apple butter. Apples coming out of my ears this year so this is my project for Sunday afternoon.
Thanks so much. What do you think of substituting apple cider for the water? Or at least partially?
cswalker51 year ago
This was great ! So many apples so little time! I can't wait for snow and bake a hot apple pie! Thank you!
happyhelen2 years ago
This is a great recipe! With apples being so productive this year, I made one batch and a batch of applesauce. I think I'll make more for gifts! Thank you!
AlbanyJeff2 years ago
Made this today! OMG it is so yummie. I made a double batch and still have apples left over so I will have to make another batch. YEA!

I used some of the syrup and canned some pears too. I look forward to some baked pears at Thanksgiving along with apple pie! YUMMO!

I had a small amount of syrup left over and placed in a plastic freezer jar and still had a small amount so....I poured it on a bowl of ice cream and celebrated my hard work. It was divine! OMG, it is so good! THANK YOUI! My taste buds sang!

Thank you for an awesome recipe! I cant wait to make apple pies in February!
Favorited! I am totally adding this to my list of stuff to can for gifts. So far I've done blueberry, blackberry, mixed berry, cranberry, peach and marmalade jams this year. It's fun to give them away :)
this cool like this
sunshiine3 years ago
Thanks for sharing! There nothing better than homemade anything, that's for sure.
This is great. :D
Very cute idea! Looks delicious!