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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  apples and make apple pie filling!

Fresh cut peeled apples for Apple Pie Filling

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.


Altitude Chart from Fresh Preserving

Make and preserve your own apple pie filling. This homemade pie filling is ready whenever you need it to make a delicious apple pie or apple cobbler! #applepie

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
  • 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
  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.



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  • Reply
    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
      August 22, 2018 at 5:04 am

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

  • Reply
    August 23, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Can you substitute stevia in the raw for the sugar?

    • Reply
      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.

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

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

    • Reply
      October 10, 2016 at 10:14 am

      Thanks, Karen! Happy canning 🙂

  • 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
      October 10, 2016 at 9:56 am

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

  • 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
    Miriam -
    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
      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
    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
      October 10, 2016 at 10:12 am

      Thanks, Jess!

  • 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
      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!

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