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Two canning jars filled with apple pie filling with apples, a bowl and cinnamon sticks sitting on a wooden table.

How to Can Apple Pie Filling Recipe

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 Quarts
Author: Melissa Norris
Easy apple pie filling canning recipe for delicious pies all  year long!
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  • 12 cups sliced peeled, and cored apples
  • 2 and 3/4 cups raw sugar
  • 3/4 cup Clear Jel.
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 3 and 3/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice


  • Place peeled, cored, and sliced apples in boiling water for 1 minute, working 6 cups of apples at a time. Blanching keeps apples from becoming mushy when canning. With a slotted spoon, place apples in a bowl and cover.
  • In a large stainless steel pot, combing sugar, ClearJel®, spices, and water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat (don't use a hard boil), stirring constantly, and cook until it thickens and bubbles. Add lemon juice and boil for 1 minute, constantly stirring.
  • Remove from heat and fold in apples. Ladle apple pie filling into warm prepared jars. Wide mouth work best for this recipe, but narrow can be used.
  • Leave 1 inch headspace, run a spatula down the inside of the jars to remove air bubbles. Wipe rim with a damp clean towel. Center lid and screw bands down until tight. Place jars filled with apple pie filling in  a hot water bath for 25 minutes.
  • Turn off heat, remove lid, and let sit for 5 minutes. Using a jar lifter, carefully remove hot jars to a towel and allow to cool without moving over night. Check seals, remove bands, wipe down outside of jar and store in out of direct sunlight for up to 1 year.


Altitude adjustment: If you're 1,000 to 3,000 feet above sea level, increase processing time by 5 minutes (30 minutes total), 3,001 to 6,000 feet above sea level, increase processing time by 10 minutes (35 minutes total).