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Homemade Apple Pie Filling Recipe {with free printable labels}

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I love canning! When I see all the jars lined up I feel so productive.  A few years back I made homemade apple pie filling in a jar and it was a huge hit. I had to make it again and am sharing these cute canning labels for  your homemade apple pie filling! If you too like to can you must try my Harry and David Onion Pepper Relish knock off recipe…..so yummy. Jam is also another fun item to make and I have  printable strawberry jam labels. Can you believe you can even make strawberry jam with only three ingredients? It is not quite as sweet, but doesn’t have all that added sugar. printable homemade canned apple filling label

How to make apple pie filling

It really isn’t hard to make homemade apple pie filling. Pick some apples and you are ready to get started. homemade canned apple pie filling I love this apple peeler.  It only peels the apple which is important. Other models will peel, slice and core. However, for this recipe since the canning process is 25 mins, apple slices that are too thin turn mushy. apple peeler Peel and core all the apples.  I then slice each apple into about eight pieces. how to make canned apple pie filling

How to keep apples from browning

A great trick for keeping the apples from browning is to place them in a bowl of cold water along with three to five vitamin C tablets ( 500mg) that have been crushed.  This is really an important step because the apples do brown quickly and it takes time to peel all the apples. how to keep apples from browning

Homemade Apple Pie Filling Recipe

6 quarts sliced fresh apples (firm crisp apples are best)(about 30 apples, if apples are small do a few extra)
5 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups Clear Jel
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
a couple pinches of salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 1/2 cups water
5 cups apple juice (no sugar added)
3/4 cup bottled lemon juice
6 – 1 quart canning jars (regular mouth)

Combine sugar, Clear Jel, cinnamon, nutmeg, water, salt and apple juice in a large pot. Stir and cook on medium high heat until the mixture thickens and begins to bubble.  Add lemon juice and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add drained apple slices to sauce. Clear Jel is a stable and safe thickener for canning. It won’t turn cloudy like sometimes cornstarch does. Clear Jel is not Sure-Jell. Sure-Jell is a natural fruit pectin used in making jams and jellies that allows you to use approximately one-quarter less sugar than normal, while still producing a jam that will set. I do sell Clear Jel in my shop.

apple pie filling recipe Fill jars with mixture, leaving 1 -inch head space. I packed the jars with the apples and then divided sauce among the jars. how to can apple pie filling Wipe jar rims clean, tighten lids and process immediately. Place jars in pot of water with water 1 inch above top of jar lids and boil for 25 minutes (For 0-1,000 ft altitude). Carefully remove from water and let jars cool 12 to 24 hours. Lids should be indented if properly sealed.

Printable canning labels

Download the file and print in color on a solid sheet of sticker paper.  I email the file to my local copy shop and ask them to print in color on 1 Up label paper. Printable apple pie filling labels Cut out sticker and place on your homemade apple pie filling. What a delicious and useful homemade gift! canned apple filling labels


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