The Best Apple Pie Filling

Making a delicious homemade apple pie is about to become super easy! Apple pie filling has got to be one of the smartest things I’ve ever canned. I love being able to just grab a jar of pie filling from my pantry, dump it into a crust (fresh or frozen) and having an easy and delicious dessert stat. Bonus, the filling works great for apple crisps as well. 
Here’s the recipe:

8 cups water

4 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup cornstarch
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
2 cups applesauce (this can be substituted for water)
3 tablespoons lemon juice
At least 25 good sized apples
Combine in large saucepan 5 cups water, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook until boiling, thick and bubbly. Then add your remaining 3 cups water and two cups applesauce to boiling mixture. Remove from heat and add your lemon juice. Set aside.
In a large bowl peel, core and slice all your apples. Then, dump your syrup over your apples and stir to combine. 
To can, divide mixture into clean quart sized jars leaving about 1 inch of head space. Process in a boiling water bath for 20 minutes. 
Let your processed cans sit for 24 hours before testing seals. This recipe yields about 5 quart sized jars and will feel a regular 8-9 inch pie tin. 
Happy pie making! 

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  • Melissa @ Bless This Mess

    Ooohhh. This is so fun! I’ve been looking for a good recipe and I like you just because you can. We are sisters in that :) We just picked our tree on Monday and I’m all appleasauced out. I think I’ll try this tomorrow. Now I just need your pie crust recipe :)

  • Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

    That looks great! I can’t wait to try this since we just went apple picking last weekend! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party!

  • Jenn

    This is a genius idea. If I ever dare attempt canning, I will definitely make this.

  • Chrissy

    Just an FYI, as I was online looking for apple pie filling canning recipes, I found that cornstarch is NOT recommended for safe canning although it has been used in the past. The USDA states only to use ClearJel, UltraJel, or ThickJel and not cornstarch. These can be found in cooking stores and canning supply stores. Good Luck and it looks delicious!!!!

  • Jessica McCoy

    Wow- this sounds and looks delicious and what a time saver when you want to make a pie in a pinch.

    I wanted to invite you to Wonderful Food Wednesday at At Home Take 2… love it if you could link up 2-3 recipes. Hope to see you there.

    Jessica @ At Home Take 2… Check out our Wonderful Food Wednesday

  • Michelle’s Tasty Creations

    This looks amazing! I’ve never thought about canning my own pie filling; I always just make it fresh when making the pie. But this sure would come in handy. I can’t wait to try this. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  • Trina

    I am excited to turn my Dad’s homegrown apples into pie filling! Thanks for the great idea!

    • prettyprovidence

      No problem, you will love it! Home grown apples are the best!