Bottling apple pie filling has been one of my favorite projects of THE WHOLE YEAR. The first jar on the left is said apple pie filling, and I think it’s just beautiful. And sooo delicious. One bottle of pie filling will make an 8 or 9″ pie. Just in time for Thanksgiving!
Here’s the recipe, for your pie-making pleasure:
Bottled Apple Pie Filling (Makes 7 quarts)
6 quarts Fresh sliced apples (blanched)
5 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. Clear-Jel
1 T. cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg
2 1/2 c. cold water or fruit juice
5 c. apple juice
7 drops yellow food coloring
3/4 c. bottled lemon juice
Use firm, crisp apples like Golden Delicious, Jonathan, or Fuji.
- Wash, peel, and core apples
- Cut slices 1/2″ wide and place in water containing lemon juice.
- Boil apples for 1 minute. Drain and keep blanched apples in a covered pot so they will stay warm.
- Combine sugar, Clear-Jel, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large pot. Stir.
- Add water and/or apple juice and food coloring.
- Stir and cook on medium high meat until mixture thickens and begins to bubble.
- Drain apple slices.
- Add lemon juice and boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.
- Fold in apple slices.
- Fill quart jars leaving 1 1/2″ head space.
- Process immediately – 25 minutes at 0-1000 ft., 30 minutes at 1001-3000 ft., 35 minutes at 3001-6000 ft.
Enjoy. I know you will…