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.
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.
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.
(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.
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