The early apple trees here in the midwest are beginning to hang heavy with fruit. Not wanting to waste any of the beautiful fruit that has grown from the trees in our yard I have had to seek out canning recipes for apples. If you like apple pies or apple pie filling, then this recipe is for you. The smell when this is cooking is simply amazing. The scent of cinnamon and nutmeg fills the house as the syrup is cooking.
Apple Pie in a Jar
Makes enough for 8 quarts
4 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup cornstarch
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. salt
10 cup water
3 T. lemon juice
Mix all ingredients together except the lemon juice. Cook until bubbly and thick. Then add the lemon juice. Peel and slice apples. Boil water in a medium sized pot. Place clean quart jars in boiling water for at least 1 minute. Carefully remove hot jar and fill with sliced apples. Cover with syrup and seal with hot ring and lid. When all of the quarts are filled place in a hot water bath for 20-25 minutes.
A note of caution: make sure the jar lids are tightly closed. Also, do not immediately remove the jars from the hot water bath. Let them cool for a while in the bath. If you remove the hot jars immediately from the hot water you run the risk of having the jars leak. I lost 2 quarts of this yummy mixture because of leakage. After all the hard work I put into peeling, coring, and slicing the apples I was slightly upset to loose any of my hard work. Rather than throw out the apple mixture from the leaking jars, I froze the mixture and will use in the next month or so on waffles or pancakes.
Apple pie in a jar can be used as apple pie filling during those cold winter months. Just open a jar and fill your favorite pie crust with this yummy mixture. Also, my family loves apple pie filling over waffles and pancakes.
I hope you enjoy this recipe next time you have extra apples to prepare.