Thursday, October 29, 2009

Apple Pie Filling

Making apple pie filling is one of those jobs I do now to save time later. It is so fast to open up a jar of pie filling, pour into a baking dish, top with a cobbler, crumb or crisp topping and bake along with the evening meal. Most of our apple pie filling is used in Ed's dutch oven. Since the apples are canned it is much faster then using raw apples. Great for those impromptu ideas we can have some days!
Use a good pie baking apple such as Stayman or Grimes Golden. I used York, which seemed to do well. Do not use an apple like Granny Smith that cooks into mush.
If you own, or can borrow, a apple peeler, now is the time to use it! I used my mother-in-law's awesome peeler. It makes peeling fun and greatly shortened the prep time!

You'll need:
8 quart of peeled and sliced apples
9 1/2 cup water
4 cup sugar
1 cup clear gel
4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
3 T lemon juice

Bring water, sugar, clear gel, salt, and spices to boil. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice.

Stir in apple slices.
Place in quart canning jars. DO NOT fill too full. Can for 25 minutes. Makes 8 to 10 quarts


  1. Oh YUM!

    I really need to learn how to can!

  2. I want to try this recipe, we picked the apples from our tree and have a lot to use up. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Gina, what is clear gel? Like gelatine or pectin?

  4. Crafty Mama-
    Clear gel is similar to cornstarch. I prefer it because it does not separate when canning. But if I didn't have it - I would just use cornstarch.

    There is also a product called Thermflo which is harder to find. I get it at a bulk food store. It works even better then Clear gel when freezing.

    I'm not sure what you would find in your area! Maybe it is called something completely different!

  5. would sure gel be the same as clear gel? and do you pressure can them or hot bath can?

    1. This comment has been removed by the author.

    2. Sure gel is for jam making and is not the same as clear gel. I find clear gel at a bulk food store.

      I hot bath can apple pie filling.

  6. Can't find clear gel in my area. Can you tell me if I would use 1 cup of the corn starch? I love your website and you. Thank you for all your hard work and shearing with us so many helpful ideas. Praying for you and yours. May God greatly bless your home.

    1. I think corn starch will work, though I haven't tried it. Clear gel (as you may guess by the name) makes a nice clear thickener that works well for canning. But cornstarch should be very similar.

  7. Hi Gina, I just wanted to let you know that your recipe for apple pie filling is the first thing I've ever tried canning. I can't believe I'm 28 and have never canned until today. I canned it this morning and it came out great!! So much easier than I anticipated. I'm so happy looking at the jars sitting on my counter to cool! Thank you always for your great recipes :)


I love to hear from you.


Related Posts with Thumbnails