Apple Pie Filling (canning)
Bryans Grandma Flower used to can everything she grew. One of my favorite memories is visiting her and bringing home what she would call her starter which was a mixture of tomatoes, bellpeppers and whatever else she threw in there. She would use it to make pasta sauce, chili and whatever else came to mind that she felt would be tasty. I’ve only been canning a few years now, but really enjoy being able to pull something yummy from the cabinet whether it be apple pie filling, pepper jelly or spaghetti sauce. I strive to be as creative as she was in canning little bits of goodness.
Follow the basic instructions for canning to ensure proper sanitation.
Fill the canning pot just under ½ with water and bring to a rolling boil
While your water is coming to a boil make your filling
You will need the following ingredients:
4 ½ cups white granulated sugar
1 cup cornstarch
2 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground all spice
2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extra
10 cups water
6 lbs +/- apples of your choice (I use a mix of apples, I have a espalier tree that grows 6 different varietals so I use whatever is on the tree)
Peel, core and slice all the apples. I like the look of wedge type slices although some like the apples cut into chunks. This is a personal preference. Once the apples are sliced place into a bowl of water to keep the apples from turning brown
In a pot, mix all the ingredients together; sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, salt, water and vanilla. Mix well and bring to a boil. Once boiling remove from heat.
Now your ready to begin the canning process:
Place 10 pint jars into the boiling water to sanitize, remove and place on a cookie sheet lined with paper towels to catch the dripping water
Place the lids in the boiling water to sanitize. Once all jars have been sanitized, begin adding your sliced apples to the jars leaving some space
Once the apples are added, begin pouring the filling mixture into the jars, move apples around making sure all space is filled with the liquid.
Clean the rims of the jars ensuring they are clean
Place the lids on the jars and place the filled jars on the canning rack and lower into the boiling water. Put the lid on the pot and boil for 20 minutes.
Allow the jars to cool and listen for that beautiful pop which will indicate the jar has nicely sealed. Press on the center of the lids ensuring there is no movement. If there is any type of movement at all, I would suggest placing in the refrigerator and using these first rather than placing in the cabinet.
Note: When canning – sanitation is really key. Please read up on canning prior to doing so.
Yummy ideas to enjoy your apple pie filling:
Swirl into the top of the Apple Cake (see recipe)
Place filling in a small bowl, warm and place a scoop of vanilla ice cream over the top with a drizzle of caramel – a little crunchy crumble would add a little extra goodness
Use as filling for a good ole apple pie or hand pies