Quality: Use firm, crisp apples. Stayman, Golden Delicious, Rome, and other varieties of similar quality are suitable. If apples lack tartness, use an additional 1/4 cup of lemon juice for each 6 quarts of slices.
Yield: 1 quart or 7 quarts
For fresh fruit, place 6 cups at a time in 1 gallon of boiling water. Boil each batch 1 minute after the water returns to a boil. Drain, but keep heated fruit in a covered bowl or pot. Combine sugar, Clear Jel®, and cinnamon in a large kettle with water and apple juice. If desired, food coloring and nutmeg may be added. Stir and cook on medium high heat until mixture thickens and begins to bubble. Add lemon juice and boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Fold in drained apple slices immediately and fill jars with mixture without delay, leaving 1 inch headspace. Adjust lids and process immediately according to the recommendations in Table 2.
|Table 1. Apple Pie Filling.|
|Quantities of Ingredients Needed For|
|1 Quart||7 Quarts|
|Blanched, sliced fresh apples||3-1/2 cups||6 quarts|
|Granulated sugar||3/4 cup + 2 tbsp||5-1/2 cups|
|Clear Jel®||1/4 cup||1-1/2 cup|
|Cinnamon||1/2 tsp||1 tbsp|
|Cold Water||1/2 cup||2-1/2 cups|
|Apple juice||3/4 cup||5 cups|
|Bottled lemon juice||2 tbsp||3/4 cup|
|Nutmeg (optional)||1/8 tsp||1 tsp|
|Yellow food coloring (optional)||1 drop||7 drops|
|Table 2. Recommended process time for Apple Pie Filling in a boiling-water canner.|
|Process Time at Altitudes of|
|Style of Pack||Jar Size||0 - 1,000 ft||1,001 - 3,000 ft||3,001 - 6,000 ft||Above 6,000 ft|
|Hot||Pints or Quarts||25 min||30||35||40|
This document was adapted from the "Complete Guide to Home Canning," Agriculture
Information Bulletin No. 539, USDA, revised 2015.
Reviewed February 2018.