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Apple Pie Filling

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

Preserve your own apple pie filling!

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

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!Apple Pie Filling - There's nothing better than making your own pie filling for a quick dessert!Apple pie filling is also amazing in cobblers, crisps and spooned over ice cream!Apple Pie Filling - There's nothing better than making your own pie filling for a quick dessert!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.

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

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!

5 from 6 votes
Apple Pie Filling - There's nothing better than making your own pie filling for a quick dessert!
Apple Pie Filling
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
 

Homemade apple pie filling

Course: canning, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple pie filling, apple pie filling recipe, canning apple pie filling
Servings: 6 quarts
Author: Kathy
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
  1. In a large pot, combine sugar, Clearjel, cinnamon, nutmeg and water.
  2. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens and begins to bubble. Stir mixture often to prevent scorching.
  3. Add lemon juice and boil 1 minute
  4. Add apple slices and stir carefully.
  5. Heat for 3-5 minutes on low until apples are heated through.
  6. Remove from heat and fill prepared jars with mixture. Leave at least 1 inch head space in each jar.
  7. Wipe jars. Cap and Seal
  8. Process for 25 minutes (adjust for altitude) in a boiling water bathcanner.
Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest.

 

Chart from Fresh Preserving

Apple Pie Filling

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Can your own apple pie filling. This homemade pie filling is ready whenever you need it to make a delicious apple pie or apple cobbler!

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55 Comments

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    October 1, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Though I love so many pies…at the end of the day, apple is my favorite! Especially with a little scoop of ice cream. So this(!) is a recipe and idea I can absolutely get behind!! Love it!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 2, 2016 at 10:36 am

      A little scoop of ice cream with apple pie is the best!

  • Reply
    Lori from LL Farm
    October 1, 2016 at 11:33 am

    This looks so good! I bet your kitchen smelled amazing when you were making it. 😉

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 2, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Oh Yeah! The kids were going crazy with they yummy smells! They wanted to eat the pie filling straight from the pot!

  • Reply
    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    October 1, 2016 at 11:53 am

    So cool, Kathy! I had never thought of making apple pie filling, ready for you when you want to make an apple pie. And we LOVE apple pies! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 2, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Apple pies are the best! This pie filling makes it so much easier to have them more often.

  • Reply
    patty
    October 2, 2016 at 8:06 am

    What variety of apples do you use?

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 2, 2016 at 8:42 am

      Hi Patty,
      We get ours from an old apple tree and the variety is unknown. However, any firm, crisp apple will do. Avoid transparent variety apples. They are great for making applesauce or apple butters because they break down quickly.

  • Reply
    Kate @ Framed Cooks
    October 2, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    I have been making applesauce upon applesauces with the Honey Crisps that are all over our local farm market – but now I need to make me a jar full of THIS!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 2, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      You definitely want to make this apple pie filling! I need to get busy and make some applesauce! Hmmmm….maybe we should do a trade 🙂

  • Reply
    Maria @ kitchenathoskins
    October 2, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Warm, comforting and delicious!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 2, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      Thanks!

  • Reply
    Kushi
    October 2, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    WOW! This looks amazingly delicious!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 3, 2016 at 4:46 am

      I can’t wait to enjoy it mid-winter….and late winter….and spring….and now 🙂

  • Reply
    Megan - The Emotional Baker
    October 3, 2016 at 4:33 am

    I haven’t canned anything before, but apple pie filling seems like the perfect place to start 😉 I love apple pie and how great to be able to enjoy it year round!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 3, 2016 at 4:49 am

      Apple pie filling is the perfect place to start! Happy Canning!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    October 3, 2016 at 4:39 am

    Why have I never thought of this?! Genius idea Kathy! Perfect to use up all those apples I’ve been hoarding!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 3, 2016 at 4:50 am

      Fresh apples can only last so long….making pie filling lets you enjoy them a little longer. Enjoy!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    October 3, 2016 at 5:30 am

    I love making my own apple pie filling, but I’ve never canned it before! Thanks for the tips…and thanks for linking to the Clear Gel. I’ve never heard of that one, but I’ll have to check it out. (I’m not a fan of using gelatin as a thickener.) Looks delicious…and I foresee many apple pies in your future, Dawn!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 4, 2016 at 5:10 am

      It was a first for me….I will definitely be making it again!

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    October 3, 2016 at 7:28 am

    I seriously can’t get enough of apples right now, so I looove this post! I’m going to make a GIANT batch of this apple pie filling to have on hand for all the things.. including eating it straight from the jar with a spoon!! Cheers, friend!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 4, 2016 at 5:10 am

      I must admit….eating it from the jar with spoon in hand is quite a treat! 🙂

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    October 3, 2016 at 7:43 am

    thanks for all the canning tips, really useful! and yes nothing like homemade apple pie filing, looks yum!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 4, 2016 at 5:11 am

      Thanks, Manali! It is yummy!

  • Reply
    mira
    October 3, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Love apple pie! This filling looks perfect!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 4, 2016 at 5:21 am

      Apple pie is always a favorite in our house!

  • Reply
    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    October 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    What a splendid idea! I confess, I was at the Amish store and was sorely tempted to just buy their apple pie filling and push that easy button. You’re making me feel as though I need to be doing this myself. And that’s a good thing!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 4, 2016 at 5:25 am

      You can do it, Laura! Just think….that easy button will be ready for the rest of the year with your pantry filled with your own apple pie filling!

  • Reply
    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    October 3, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    This is such a great way to save all these wonderful seasonal apples for later. I would love some over ice cream, but feel free to make me a pie too! Pinned!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 4, 2016 at 5:31 am

      Over ice cream is delicious…kind of an upside down apple pie without the crust!

  • Reply
    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    October 4, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Canning pie is a wonderful use of fresh apples which can be used later. Canning tips are really helpful, thank you for sharing this with us.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 10, 2016 at 10:08 am

      I love seeing the beautiful canned jars lining my pantry shelves!

  • Reply
    Ashley
    October 4, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Apple desserts are my absolute favorite in the fall! And what a great idea to preserve the filling for later!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 10, 2016 at 10:08 am

      I am always so happy to have canned filling in the middle of the winter.

  • Reply
    Pamela @ BFG
    October 4, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Yup, I love me some apple pie filling.. I might need a few tastes with a spoon first! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 10, 2016 at 10:09 am

      Absolutely! A good cook always tastes their creations 🙂 Sometimes I have to have more than just one taste….just to make certain!

  • Reply
    Balvinder
    October 4, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Holly, I LOVE this and it’s so simple and looks delish!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 10, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Thanks 🙂

  • Reply
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry
    October 4, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    I would totally eat this apple pie filling straight out of the jar!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 10, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Totally okay! Just don’t tell my kids that I approve of this type of behavior 🙂

  • Reply
    Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
    October 5, 2016 at 4:23 am

    Love this Kathy! What a great idea to have this pie filling handy! Perfect for pies, ice-cream and even spooned onto greek yogurt. Pinned!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 10, 2016 at 10:11 am

      Oooohhhhh….Onto yogurt is an awesome idea. Kind of like making this pie filling acceptable for a midday snack!

  • Reply
    Jess @ Sweetest Menu
    October 5, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Oh boy! This is the best idea ever! Your apple pies must be out of this world Kathy!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 10, 2016 at 10:12 am

      Thanks, Jess!

  • Reply
    Miriam - londonkitchendiaries.com
    October 6, 2016 at 1:08 am

    To make your own apple pie filling for an instant and quick dessert is simply genius! We always have way too many apples in September so this is a great way to make good use of them as we all love apple pie in my household 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 10, 2016 at 10:14 am

      It’s hard to use up all the apples during apple harvest. This apple pie filling helps extend the season a bit further.

  • Reply
    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    October 6, 2016 at 5:48 am

    Hi Kathy – this filling looks absolutely phenomenal!!! Once you’ve got this filling made, an apple pie is a breeze! Great recipe and time to order some Clear Jel asap before the fresh apples are gone!

  • Reply
    Ann| Cooking Maniac
    October 7, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    This looks fabulous! I want to grab a jar and spoon and go to town! wow!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 10, 2016 at 9:56 am

      It is hard to resist a jar full of apple deliciousness!

  • Reply
    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    October 8, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Wow, this is so helpful. I love all your tips and directions!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 10, 2016 at 10:14 am

      Thanks, Karen! Happy canning 🙂

  • Reply
    Deb
    August 23, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Can you substitute stevia in the raw for the sugar?

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 24, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      Hi Deb,
      I have not used stevia before so I don’t know if it can be substituted.
      Thanks!

  • Reply
    Michele
    August 22, 2018 at 3:41 am

    Kathy, I am SO excited to try this apple pie filling. It looks delicious! Thank you so much for allowing me to include it in my apple round-up! Have a wonderful day!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 22, 2018 at 5:04 am

      Thanks, Michele! It’s a great way to enjoy your apple harvest all year long!

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