Thursday, October 24, 2013

Canned Apple Pie Filling

What else "CAN" I do 
with all my apples this year?

{I Think I Can} Canned Apple Pie Filling

When we had Ryleigh a dear friend brought 
us a meal, and for the dessert: 
it was a quart jar of 
Canned Apple Pie Filling, 
along with a zip lock bag with the 

What a THOUGHTFUL & neat idea I thought.  
So I tucked it away in the files of my brain until this year-when we have an OVER 
abundance of apples.  Then I got out the recipe, and canned up a storm.

I think I made about 17 quarts or so.

{I Think I Can} Canned Apple Pie Filling
There's just something so NEAT about a 
Maybe it's just me that thinks so????

{I Think I Can} Canned Apple Pie Filling
Start by washing all them apples.

{I Think I Can} Canned Apple Pie Filling
Look at them beauties!

{I Think I Can} Canned Apple Pie Filling
Then peel, core, and slice your apples.

If you don't own an Apple Peeler Corer Slicer
they are soooo handy.  
I use it for making dried apples in our food dehydrator too.

{I Think I Can} Canned Apple Pie Filling
Lookin' good!

{I Think I Can} Canned Apple Pie Filling
Wow, don't they just look PERFECT!  

That's one advantage of that lil gadget too, 
they are all about the exact same shape/size!
Making a nice lookin' jar of pie filling!

{I Think I Can} Canned Apple Pie Filling
I just think it's really neat how all the peelings just 
come off like little noodles or something!
If it works right, ALL the peel off ONE apple 
is in ONE long it's really not that messy!

{I Think I Can} Canned Apple Pie Filling
Now combine the dry ingredients: 
(sugar, salt, brown sugar, cinnamon, & instant clear gel)

For those of you who live in IL, the Country Cupboard in Fairbury 
carries the instant clear gel.  Otherwise I know like Beachy's in Arthur, IL 
carries it too...or probably any bulk food store would.

Combine the water & lemon juice.

{I Think I Can} Canned Apple Pie Filling
Slowly add a little at a time to the dry ingredients, 
until well combined.

{I Think I Can} Canned Apple Pie Filling
Pour over the apples and carefully mix until well coated.

{I Think I Can} Canned Apple Pie Filling
Now all you need to do is place into jars & can.

31 cups apples peeled, cored, and sliced
10.5 cups water
10 tsp lemon juice
Cinnamon to your taste
4.5 cups brown sugar
4 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
2.25 cups instant clear gel

Mix dry ingredients together. Combine water & lemon juice. In small amounts mix wet ingredients with the dry; beating rapidly each time to prevent lumping. Beat until well combined. Add it to the apples. *Fill quart jars just to bottom of neck. Process 20 minutes in water bath or just bring to 5# pressure in pressure canner. Makes approximately 10-11 quarts.

{I Think I Can} Canned Apple Pie Filling
Look at them all done!  
I think it makes such a 
pretty jar 
to give as gifts!!!
Lessons learned:  
-DO NOT OVERFILL JARS!*  Or else they either won't seal, or the seal will break/pop with little contact.
-When delivering to someone in a brown paper sack, beware/the handle may break, and the bag go flying to the ground, and create a mess of broken glass and sticky apple pie filling all over the inside of the bag & all the other food you made for them.  Sad day! Oh well, life could be worse!
-Make sure you choose an apple that is a cooking apple.  Otherwise the apples may not cook down properly.

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  1. Enjoyed the update! The jars look so nice :) Loved the little "oops" at the end...keeps us humble, doesn't it?!

  2. Thanks Marsha! I know-it was very humbling! :(

  3. Sounds delicious! Great gift idea too...

    1. Thanks! I think so too...and the possibilities are sooo endless: THANK YOU, JUST CAUSE, CHRISTMAS, BDAY, CONGRATS, GET WELL SOON...:)

    2. Also-I'm getting one made up here, to give to my cousin in a 'sunshine basket'...a little "pick me up" basket full of lots of goodies, to help encourage her through a difficult time!!

  4. What a great idea! My parents got a bunch of apples from a friend and we made an apple pie, but canning them would have been so smart! I'm featuring this tonight at my link party and pinning!

    1. Thanks Alexis! I'm so excited-It's my first feature! (I just started doing Linky Parties about 2 weeks ago!) It's exciting to see where all this "Blog Business" ;) will take me! You'll have to see my new post I just did today! Cranapple Butter & Apple Waffles! :) I might have to put it on your next weeks party!

      Hey do you mind using the picture near the top that I recently added to this post that is a single jar of the apple pie filling, when you do your feature tonight? If you cant, thats OK! (It's a more "eye catching" picture:)

  5. Hey Rhonda! It's Deonna from the Child at Heart blog! Thank you so much for linking up at the Merriest Blog Hop! I love this idea. I think you should win homemaker of the year! wow...I would like to get this as a gift and I bet all of your friends feel the same way. Thanks for the recipe! Yum!

    1. Ha Ha! Thanks...I actually have more in the canner right now, as I type. I enjoy creative, crafty & thoughtful gifts like this! :)


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