With our already busy lives, thinking about getting ready for holiday meals and gifts can have us all feeling a little stressed. In honor of National Canning Day, you can not only take some stress off of prepping some delicious food, but you can even give the fruits of your labor as gifts! With this delicious Apple Pie filling recipe from our friends at Ball, you’ll have delicious fall flavor for old-fashioned pies or even as a treat on top of ice cream!
What you’ll need:
• 12 cups sliced, peeled, and cored apples
• 2-3/4 cups sugar
• 3/4 cup ClearJel cooking starch
• 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
• 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
• 2-1/2 cups unsweetened apple juice
• 1-1/4 cups cold water
• 1/2 cup lemon juice
To prevent apple slices from browning, apply Ball fruit-fresh produce protector according to the manufacturer’s instructions, or, submerge cut apples in a mixture of 1/4 cup lemon juice and 4 cups water.
- Prepare a boiling water canner. Next, heat jars in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Wash lids in warm soapy water and set aside with bands.
- Place apple slices, working with 6 cups at a time, in a large pot of boiling water for 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon and keep warm in a covered bowl.
- Combine sugar, ClearJel, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large stainless-steel saucepan. Stir in apple juice and cold water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat while stirring constantly – cook until mixture thickens and begins to bubble. Add lemon juice, boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Drain apple slices and immediately fold into hot mixture; heat, stirring, until apples are heated through.
- Ladle hot apple pie filling into hot jars leaving 1-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. wipe rim. Be sure to center the lid on the jar and apply band until fit is fingertip tight. Place jar in boiling water canner. Repeat until all jars are filled.
- Process jars for 25 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Turn off heat, remove the lid, let jars stand 5 minutes. Remove jars and cool 12-24 hours. Check lids for seal, they should not flex when the center is pressed.
To pick up supplies or for more canning tips, come see us at any of our Mountain Hardware and Sports locations.