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Apple Pie Filling

October 1, 2016 (Last Updated: July 2, 2020)

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Preserve your  apples and make apple pie filling! Canned apple pie filling allows you to make delicious apple desserts with homemade pie filling all year long. 

Fresh cut peeled apples on a cutting board.

I love apple pies! My favorite is made with tart fresh apples. Sometimes there just isn’t enough time to make a pie and this apple pie filling really comes in handy.  You just make a quick pie dough, open a jar of filling, pour it in and bake! Instant dessert!A pile of apple peels from fresh peeled apples.

Apple pie filling is also amazing in cobblers, crisps and spooned over ice cream!

Green apples on a tree ready to be picked

I preserve a lot of food, but this was my first time making apple pie filling. My in-laws make batches every year and usually share a few jars with me. I decided to make a few batches of my own this year.

When canning there are a few guidelines to follow

  • Use clean, sterilized canning jars (sterilize jars in a dishwasher or by pouring boiling water into clean jars)
  • Use fruit free from bruises or soft areas (you can cut off any bruised areas)
  • Always wipe rim of jars before putting lid on
  • Tighten ring firmly
  • Boil in a water bath according to USDA recommended times (adjust according to your altitude)
  • Let jars cool for at least 12 hours before removing lids.
  • Wash jars to remove any sticky residue. Lids should be removed for washing.
  • Check to make certain jars are sealed.
  • Use any unsealed jars right away.
  • Store canned goods in a cool, dark place.

A pot full of apples for Apple Pie Filling.

To thicken this filling, use Clear Jel. Some recipes will list cornstarch as a thickener, but the USDA does not recommend it. My recommendation – stick with Clear Jel!  

To peal, core and slice the apples, I used an apple peeler.  If you don’t have one, no problem! Just use a knife. The apple peeler makes canning this filling a bit quicker!

Apple Pie Filling in canning jars.

If you are looking for other canning recipes, try Canning Tomatoes.

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Canning jars filled with sliced apples.

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Apple Pie Filling - There's nothing better than making your own pie filling for a quick dessert!

Apple Pie Filling

Kathy
Homemade apple pie filling
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course canning
Cuisine American
Servings 6 quarts

Ingredients
  

  • 6 quarts fresh apples (peeled, cored and sliced.)
  • 5 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups Clear Jel
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 7 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot, combine sugar, Clearjel, cinnamon, nutmeg and water.
  • Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens and begins to bubble. Stir mixture often to prevent scorching.
  • Add lemon juice and boil 1 minute
  • Add apple slices and stir carefully.
  • Heat for 3-5 minutes on low until apples are heated through.
  • Remove from heat and fill prepared jars with mixture. Leave at least 1 inch head space in each jar.
  • Wipe jars. Cap and Seal
  • Process for 25 minutes (adjust for altitude) in a boiling water bathcanner.

Notes

Recipe adapted from The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest.

When canning there are a few guidelines to follow

  • Use clean, sterilized canning jars (sterilize jars in a dishwasher or by pouring boiling water into clean jars)
  • Use fruit free from bruises or soft areas (you can cut off any bruised areas)
  • Always wipe rim of jars before putting lid on
  • Tighten ring firmly
  • Boil in a water bath according to USDA recommended times 
  • Let jars cool for at least 12 hours before removing lids.
  • Wash jars to remove any sticky residue. Lids should be removed for washing.
  • Check to make certain jars are sealed.
  • Use any unsealed jars right away.
  • Store canned goods in a cool, dark place.
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63 Comments

  • Reply
    Carmen
    October 13, 2020 at 5:59 am

    Can I use therm-flo instead of clear jel?

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 13, 2020 at 6:01 am

      Hi Carmen,
      I’m not familiar with therm-flo.
      Kathy

  • Reply
    VMoore
    September 29, 2020 at 8:55 am

    Just got finished making this and it’s delicious 😋

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 30, 2020 at 5:16 am

      Thanks! Enjoy 🙂

  • Reply
    Rebecca Snyder
    May 23, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    People have given this a five star but nobody’s said that they’ve actually made it and its good. So has anyone made and tasted this?

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