Canned Apple Pie Filling is a great homemade staple to have in your pantry for quick and easy homemade deserts all year long! This canned apple pie filling recipe is quick and easy, and perfect for preserving your summer apple harvest!
This Apple Pie Filling recipe is a quick and easy option for canning apples in bulk, When apple season is at its peak. A great desert filling to have ready to go in the pantry for apple pies, cobblers, crisps and cakes!
We love apple season! There’s so much yummy goodness that can be made, canned and preserved to make the apple season last throughout the winter.
This year we started our orchard and planted twenty semi dwarf trees that grow best in the Pacific Northwest. Harvest season in the garden, orchard and in nature makes my heart sing.
There’s something exciting about gathering fresh organic local food ( often free in exchange for some sweat equity) for your family.
I’m the squirrel in my family that LOVES to stockpile for the winter, you know what that’s like right?
This is a must recipe that I make in big batches over my apple processing weekend.
CANNED APPLE PIE FILLING
Apples are in abundance in the fall, find free apples in your backyard or pick your neighbours. They are also at their lowest produce of the year in the grocery store.
Choose tart apples such as Granny Smith, Gala and Golden Delicious. Use firm apples and avoid overripe fruit. The lower pH value of tart apples reduces the amount of pectin that breaks down, so the apples hold their shape and get less mushy.
Pre cooking apple pie filling prevents apples from turning mushy when baked. What you get is a sweet apple pie with bits of tart and slightly crisp apples with no more mushy bits.
Once you’ve sourced apples its time to start processing them.
Set up an apple processing station in your kitchen like what I’ve done here.
You’ll need the following tools ready on hand for this easy canning recipe using the hot water bath method.
HOW TO MAKE CANNED APPLE PIE FILLING
Canned Apple Pie filling requires a few staple canning supplies that make this recipe easy and successful.
A stainless steel large pot with a heavy bottom like the one above is perfect for canning lots of apple pie filling at once and allows room for boiling without the mess. The heavy bottom will help prevent sticking and burning.
The label above is a Kitchen Aid Silicon Spatula that makes life so much easier! After using a silicon spatula I’ll never go back. It get’s into the crevices of the pan meaning less cleaning and easier removal of pie filling from the pot.
My Mother and Grandmother both had this peeler growing up, so when I moved out on my own and started canning I knew this would be my first canning equipment purchase!
The Peeler corer above makes preserving apples, potatoes and pears a breeze.