Saturday, September 02, 2006

Apple Pie In a Jar

I was a bit busy today peeling apples and canning my pie filling for the holidays. It feels good to have it all done for the year. I 4 X the recipe. We like big apple pies so using half gallon jars makes more sense for us. One jar will make two pies for us, give or take a bit.

Apple Pie in a Jar
This recipe will make about 7 quarts of pie filling

4 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup cornstarch
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
10 cups water
3 tablespoons lemon juice
7 quarts peeled, cored and sliced apples

Place a rack in the bottom of a large stock pot. Fill pot with hot water. Sterilize 7 1-quart canning jars, 7 lids, and 7 rings by placing on rack, jars upright. Bring water to a boil. Boil 10 minutes. Remove with a holder and allow jars to air-dry. Save water for processing apples. Combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and water in a large saucepan. Place over high heat and cook until thick and bubbly, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Tightly pack apples into sterilized jars. Slowly pour syrup over apples, covering them completely. Gently tap jars on countertop to allow air bubbles to rise. Screw lids on jars. Carefully lower jars into pot using a holder. Leave a 2 inch space between jars. Add more boiling water if necessary, until tops of jars are covered by 2 inches of water. Bring water to a full boil, then cover and process for 30 minutes. Remove jars from pot and place on cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Once cool, press top of each lid with finger, ensuring that seal is tight (lid doesn't move up or down at all). Sealed jars can be stored for up to a year.


Patti said...

Back in my canning days I always canned apple pie filling. I like to use Jonathans the best because they had super flavor and kept their shape without getting mushy when baked. I usually did about 20 quarts a year. Sorry to say that Jonathans are pretty impossible to find anymore.

Finn said...

I used to can apple pie filling Patty...what fun to remember those years of feeding a small army..LOL
I used my Better Homes and Gardens Canning book recipe. But for me, it was just quart jars and a hot water bath.
Your apple picture looks like it should be on a Hallmark Card or in the Ideals publications...very, very beautiful!!! You DO have a gift with the camera and the words girl! Hugs, Finn

Rondi said...

The smell of apple pie cooking is one of my very favorite smells!

I just spent about 1/2 hour catching up on your blog. For some reason, nothing showed up for me from Tuesday until this evening. I thought maybe you had gone somewhere to recover, but instead you've been going on and home, enjoying whatever comes your way. That's the way it should be!

Sandra said...

Wonderful photo of the apples and jars all ready to be cooked for the pantry! Yum - I must do some more canning some day - I love seeing the shelves full of glass jars of garden or market goodies :-)

Tina Leigh said...

Oh Patty what a beautiful picture & yes...get our room ready...Danny & I are bringing the ice cream!!!

Kelli said...

Oh, how beautiful! I agree with finn...send that photo to Hallmark! :)


Jammy said...

Thank you for this recipe!! I'm going to make this one for sure. :)


JudyL said...

Patty: What kind of apples work best for the pie filling to can? Any I should avoid?

Thanks for the recipes. The apples are getting ripe here now.

Judy L.

Wendy's Quilting said...

I love the fried apples in a jar from Cracker Barrel, which I can't buy anywhere around here. Any chance that this recipe would be similar?

Shannon said...

Hi Patty! I just made this exact recipe last weekend (before I found your site!). My best friend has canned it for YEARS...but did you know that the USDA no longer recommends canning anything with cornstarch in it? I'm going to eat my 14 quarts of it anyway this year, but after this, I'm switching over to ClearJel. Just thought you'd like to know!


Patty said...

Thanks Shannon, will look into that, not sure I will change my recipe though.
I don't use ClearJel or SureJel. Wonder how they feel about arrow root ?

Bobbie Bentneedle said...

Patty, are there any Amish or Mennonite "bulk" stores in your area, or that you know of anywhere in Texas? We live down near Houston but sometimes make day trips and would love to find one to include in our travels.
Thanx - Bobbie in Cut-N-Shoot

Patty said...

Hi Bobbie, there used to be one right next to the Grandview Gospel Fellowship church (the Mennonite church we attended) in Grandview TX but they recently decided they did not have enough time to run the little country store. It was run by the Bishop and his wife. I have not heard of any others in this area but perhaps the church in Lott has one.

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