Canning apple pie filling may be easier than you think. Homemade canned pie filling is such a great way to make organic pies for your family, without high cost.
Canning apples slices for pies and other desserts is the perfect follow up activity after a day at the apple orchard during picking season. The jars of apple filling made with this easy canning recipe also make great gifts.
Canning Apple Pie Filling
Making your own canned apple pie filling can save you a great deal of time in the future, and save you money when making fresh homemade apple pies. When canning apples for pie filling at home, it is best to do it in the late summer or early fall while apples are in season and prices are low. If you are like myself and prefer organic when it comes to apples, this will make organic pies much more affordable.
Tip: Making the filling in large batches allows you to take advantage of bulk produce pricing & the home canned apples makes wonderful hostess gifts. The apple pie filling recipe makes enough for one apple pie, multiply for as many as you wish to make.
How to Can Apple Pie Filling
Here is a simple visual guide to canning apples for pies and other desserts. The recipe is enough for one pie, but can be easily multiplied to make more jars. Printable recipe card with full directions can be found below.
You will need 5-6 apples per pie.
Peel and slice apples. Add lemon juice to the apple slices and toss together..
In a large pot, whisk together cornstarch and water briskly, avoiding lumps. Add both white and brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt, mix well and bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Bring to a hard boil, stirring constantly for while you cook the filling sauce for 2 minutes.
Add apples and par cook(about 2 more minutes), before placing in sterilized jars. Then cap the canning jars and simmer in hot water bath, to ensure safe storage. Take care handling the hot jars.
Important Safety Tip: Make sure that all the lids have indented while cooling (you can often hear then "ping"). Occasionally one will not seal. Immediately refrigerate any jar that doesn't properly seal during cooling and use promptly. They are not safe to store at room temperature.
If you are looking for more ways to preserve apples make my Instant Pot Apple Butter or perhaps make and freeze some Instant Pot Applesauce. I can also show you How to Make Oven Dried Apple Rings or Shrunken Apple Heads to use in Halloween desserts or make dolls with.
Apple Pie Filling
- canning jars
- Dutch oven or large pot
- 5-6 Apples Medium, peeled and chopped
- 2 tablespoon Lemon Juice
- ½ cup Brown Sugar
- ½ cup Sugar
- ¼ cup Cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon*
- ½ teaspoon Nutmeg*
- 2 cups Water or apple juice
- First core and peel the fresh apples. Then cut into slices.
- Toss the sliced apples with the lemon juice in a large bowl (this will keep them from browning) Set aside.
- In a large pot, whisk together cornstarch and water briskly, avoiding lumps.
- Add the sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt, mix well and bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Bring to a hard boil, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
- Add the apple slices and bring back to a boil then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 2 minutes.
- Place in sterilized jar immediately and seal.
- Simmer the jars fully submerged in a hot water bath for 20-25 minutes to ensure food safety .
- Remove with jar tongs and allow to cool. The cap should be indented to show airtight seal has been made.