Apple Pie Filling (canning recipe)

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)

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Step 1: Jars & Apples

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.

antagonizer5 months ago

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

sarlibby8 months ago
I forgot the lemon juice!!! Do I need to throw them away?
llggee11 months 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?
ClintsWife11 months ago
Sooooo, how long do I boil in hot water bath? Or do you not do that?
cswalker511 months ago
This was great ! So many apples so little time! I can't wait for snow and bake a hot apple pie! Thank you!
happyhelen12 months 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!
AlbanyJeff1 year 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
sunshiine2 years ago
Thanks for sharing! There nothing better than homemade anything, that's for sure.
This is great. :D
Very cute idea! Looks delicious!