Thursday, October 02, 2008

Apple Pie Filling for Canning - Tutorial - PPP

I have never tried this before. My friends Diana and Jill have talked me into giving it a whirl. Since I did have an abundance of fabulous apples this year I figured I would try.

So here are the ingredients you will need.
6 quarts of peeled and sliced apples (good sweet and tart apples)
1 1/2 cups Clear Jel
3 cups sugar
5 cups apple juice (can use water if you don't have any juice)
2 cups water
3/4 cup lemon juice
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt

Now for how to do it.

1. Start with good tart apples. Tart means tangy and sweet like Jonathan, Macintosh, Jonagold, or even Fuji and NOT sour like Granny Smith apples.

Apple Harvest

2. Peel and slice your apples. You can put them on an apple peeler, corer, slicer if you have it or do it by hand.

Sliced Apples

3. Place the apples in a large pot with some water and steam/boil them for 4 to 6 minutes depending on how soft your apples are. Take them right off the heat and drain them. Save that water to use as your water later in the recipe.

4. Mix the clear jel, sugar, juice, water, salt and cinnamon in a large pot and bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add the lemon juice. This will get really thick really fast.
clear gel
(Sorry my stove top was filthy with canning crud on it all day from making loads of apple sauce.)

5. Add the apples to the jel stuff and mix well. Pour it into clean, sterilized jars and process in a water bath canner or steam canner for about 25 minutes. It makes about 7 quarts pie filling.

Apple Pie Filling
There you have yummy apple pie filling just waiting to be poured into a crust and baked. I understand that this isn't enough to make a pie. You will need 1 1/2 jars to make one good sized pie. So I guess that means you would have to use three jars and make two pies. Hmmm.... What is better than a hot apple pie? Two hot apple pies. hee hee


Marylois said...

Our Jonathan apple tree lost one half of itself this summer to a wind storm but it seems to have been the best thing for it. Our tree has never produced so many loving big apples. I just finished making my third batch of apple pie filling. Yummy! I have also been making applesauce. I plan to make more sauce and put some in the dehydrator. It is good stuff! I like to use the pie filling in braided sweet yeast bread this time of year too.

Karen said...

You inspired me to try and can apple pie filling. I made 14 quart. I made apple crisp with the pie filling. It was wonderful. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will do this again next year.


Lucy said...

Karen, I am so pleased you gave it a try. I am on my second year of making this and will be canning a bunch of pie filling tomorrow moring since I don't have to work.

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