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Homemade Apple Pie Filling Recipe

Enjoy delicious apple pies all year long by canning apples in a delicious sauce! It isn't hard at all!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apples, canning
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 26 minutes
Total Time 46 minutes
Servings 48
Calories 155 kcal
Author Cindy Hopper


  • 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


  1. 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. 

  2. Add drained apple slices to the sauce. 

  3. Fill jars with mixture, leaving 1 -inch headspace. I packed the jars with the apples and then divided sauce among the jars.

  4. 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.

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Recipe Notes

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. 

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Apple Pie Filling Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 155
% Daily Value*
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 156mg4%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 35g39%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Vitamin C 7.2mg9%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.