Making and Canning Apple Pie Filling!

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Ok, So I am taking a break from finishing my book in order to relax a little bit and catch you guys up on some goings on around here 😀 Today’s post will share a little bit about my first time canning apple pie filling!!! Let me just say that we (the girls and I) had a blast, and I am soooo glad they were here to help me. I was a little overwhelmed, but after completing this, we looked back and realized how simple it really was!! So, I hope you enjoy this look at the lighter side of things, and if you EVER wanted to do things like this, DO NOT WAIT!!! Tomorrow is NOT promised!!

We had quite a few apples that were getting pretty ripe in our refrigerator, so I said, “Why not?” I very rarely totally plan ahead…meaning I may have a thought that I want to do something on a certain day, but it’s not until that day comes that I decide whether or not I will…and sometimes that depends on if I even remember that I wanted to do it!!! Why did I share that? To give you hope!!!! I have wanted to can things for YEARS, but was always soooooo overwhelmed and felt like I had to be this EXTREMELY organized person to do it!!! I have realized that I don’t necessarily have to be organized, but I do have to have the basic tools on hand in case the urge hits me 😀 Anyway….here’s the Apple Pie Filling Recipe & Instructions for canning!

GATHER YOUR CANNING SUPPLIES

Water bath canner (or LARGE stock pot with lid)

Canning jars

Canning seals and rings (lids)

Jar Lifter

Canning Funnel

(ALL OF THE ABOVE WERE PURCHASED AT WALMART FOR VERY REASONABLE PRICES)

Large pot or blancher

Bowls

Large Spoons

Sharp Knife

Towels and dishcloths (it gets messy/to dry jars)

Ladle

INGREDIENTS

Apples (enough for 6-8 quarts)

5C. Sugar

1C Thickener (cornstarch, flour or clear gel)

1tsp. Cinnamon

1tsp. nutmeg

2tsp. salt

10C. water

3T lemon juice

THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOW TO MAKE WILL BE FOUND IN THE CAPTION FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHS 😀

Before you begin, fill your stock pot and turn on high. The larger the post the onger it will take to boil the water. Start early! DO THIS FIRST :D
Before you begin, fill your stock pot and turn on high. The larger the post the onger it will take to boil the water. Start early! DO THIS FIRST 😀
I think everything neded is in this pic!!! If not it will be pictured later :D
Gather your supplies in advance! I think everything needed is in this pic!!! The stock pot and other pots are already on the stove. 😀

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I used an apple corer/slicer to cut and core the apple. Then I peeled each piece individually. Easier and quicker than it sounds.
I used an apple corer/slicer to cut and core the apple. Then I peeled each piece individually. Easier and quicker than it sounds. The remains can be used in compost for fertilizer 😀
AFTER CUTTING. CORING AND PEELING THE APPLES I SOAKED THEM IN A FRUIT/VEGGIE SOAK MADE OF 1/4C VINEGAR, 2TBLS SALT, AND A STAINLESS STEEL BOWL FILLED WITH WATER. AFTER REMOVING AND RINSING THE APPLES THE WATER WAS DISGUSTING!!!!!! THE VINEGAR AND WATER WORK TO CLEAN (vinegar) AND DRAW OUT ANY LITTLE BUGS, DIRT AND OTHER SMALL UNWANTED THINGS. Normally this is done with the skin on but the skin had been removed. This does NOT alter the taste of the fruit.
AFTER CUTTING. CORING AND PEELING THE APPLES I SOAKED THEM IN A FRUIT/VEGGIE SOAK MADE OF 1/4C VINEGAR, 2TBLS SALT, AND A STAINLESS STEEL BOWL FILLED WITH WATER. AFTER REMOVING AND RINSING THE APPLES THE WATER WAS DISGUSTING!!!!!! THE VINEGAR AND WATER WORK TO CLEAN (vinegar) AND DRAW OUT ANY LITTLE BUGS, DIRT AND OTHER SMALL UNWANTED THINGS. Normally this is done with the skin on but the skin had been removed. This does NOT alter the taste of the fruit.
While the apples are soaking in the rinse, put on a pot of water to bring to a boil.
While the apples are soaking in the rinse, put on a pot of water to bring to a boil.

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At this point you are going to combine 5C. Sugar, 1C Thickener (cornstarch, flour or clear gel), 1tsp. Cinnamon, 1tsp. nutmeg, 2tsp. salt, 10C. water. Stir as it thickens! Let simmer.
Rinse your apples and place them in the boiling water for about 1 minute. I suggest filling a jar with apples FIRST for the purpose of measuring. 1.5 quart jar of unboiled apples will equal 1 full quart of boiled apples. For best results, only put enough for 1 jar in at a time to prevent other apples from overcooking!
Rinse your apples and place them in the boiling water for about 1 minute.

AT THIS POINT LET ME POINT OUT THAT I HAVE JARS THAT ARE FILLED WITH BOILED WATER WAITING, AS WELL AS A BOWL OF BOILED WATER WITH THE SEALS AND RINGS SITTING IN THEM WAITING. EACH JAR WILL BE EMPTIED OF THE WATER INDIVIDUALLY AND PROMPTLY FILLED WITH APPLES AS THEY ARE READY.

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I suggest filling a jar with apples FIRST for the purpose of measuring. 1.5 quart jar of unboiled apples will equal 1 full quart of boiled apples. For best results, only put enough for 1 jar in at a time to prevent other apples from overcooking!
Using a slotted spoon, begin to remove the apples from the boiling water after 1 minute. Using your funnel (this is SUCH A BIG HELP!!!)  carefully place HOT apples into jar. Place more apples into water and quickly move to next step.
Using a slotted spoon, begin to remove the apples from the boiling water after 1 minute. Using your funnel (this is SUCH A BIG HELP!!!) carefully place HOT apples into jar. Place more apples into water and quickly move to next step.

THE RIMS OF EACH JAR ARE WIPED CLEAN BEFORE THE LIDS ARE REMOVED FROM THE HOT WATER, DRIED AND PUT IN PLACE 😀

Repeat process until all of your jars are filled.
Repeat process until all of your jars are filled.
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Place jars and canning rack in stock pot ALREADY filled with boiling water. Cover with the lids and let boil for 30 minutes.
Let sit in water for 5 minutes then remove CAREFULLY! Let cool on countertop for approximately 2 hours until jars are room temperature.
Let sit in water for 5 minutes then remove CAREFULLY! Let cool on countertop for approximately 2 hours until jars are room temperature.

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This is the syrup that was left over. Use for something else...applesauce, oatmeal, or pancakes maybe???
This is the syrup that was left over. Use for something else…applesauce, oatmeal, or pancakes maybe???

STORE IN A COOL PLACE! USE WHEN YOU WISH AS YOU WISH!! ENJOY 😀

This is how we chose to enjoy it!!! Twice so far :D
This is how we chose to enjoy it!!! Twice so far 😀

 

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Homemade crust and hoomemade crumb topping added 😀
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Baked on 375 for 45-50 minutes 😀

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