I've posted the recipe for canning apple pie filling before but here is a picture tutorial! I canned so many apples this year! But one of my favorite things to make with apples is apple pie filling. We use it for pies, crepes, empanadas, and more.
Canning Apple Pie Filling
What you need:
- 4 1/2 c. sugar
- 1 c. cornstarch
- 2 t. cinnamon
- 1/2 t. apple pie spice
- 1/4 t. nutmeg
- 1 t. salt
- 10 c. water
Mix together all the ingredients. Make sure you mix 1 cup of the water in with the cornstarch before you add it otherwise the cornstarch will be lumpy. Cook in a saucepan.
Cut the apples up into smaller pieces.
Pack the sliced apples into jars leaving headspace.
By now the syrup mixture should be nice a thick and bubbly.
*Note depending on how many apples you have you may have to make more than one batch of filling. I did 6 quarts and 6 pints in this particular load and I had to make 2 batches of syrup.
Using a funnel, pour the syrup over the apples. You will have to use something to push the syrup down into the jar and get rid of the air bubbles. I just use the other side of a plastic spatula.
Clean off the rims of the jars and make sure they are dry before you put the lids on.
Put on the lids and lids. Make sure they are screwed on tight!
Put the jars in a hot water canner. Fill with water just enough to cover the lids of the jars. Get the water boiling or close to boiling before you set the time.
Process for 20 minutes. Take out and let cool. Do not touch the tops and accidentally seal the lids. If for some reason the jars did not seal(the lids didn't pop down) you can reprocess for the same amount of time. I like making both pints and quarts. The quarts are the perfect size for pie and the pints are nice to keep in the fridge for crepes and stuff!
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Make sure you check out all the free Canning and Preserving Recipes we have on Little House Living! And don't forget to check out The Canner's Cookbook, it has recipes on how to use all your home canned goods!
I recommend a Presto Pressure Canner and the book Putting Food By for all your canning projects!
Have you ever tried canning apple pie filling?