This is great to do when apples are abundant and can be used on waffles and ice cream too.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
16
Yield:
7 quarts
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

363 calories; protein 0.6g 1% DV; carbohydrates 94.1g 30% DV; fat 0.4g 1% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 152.7mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2006
I was delighted to find this recipe last Christmas as I give gifts in a jar to people with whom my husband works. This was a variation on the "cookies in a jar" theme. I have used it since as just a side dish cutting down on the cornstarch. It freezes well and is a wonderful treat. Thank you. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/22/2003
Having an apple tree in our yard I am always looking for ways to preserve/use the apples up. I made one batch (6 jars) of this recipe in fall of 2000. I wasn't too sure at first because over time the liquid and apples separated but I made apple pies with it and it was just great. Sure cut down the time in making apple pie from scratch and at the same time was far superior to canned apple pie filling. The ony change I will make this year is to change the spices to agree with my personal taste as I found this to be a little lacking in flavour. Read More
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38 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 31
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
10/22/2003
Having an apple tree in our yard I am always looking for ways to preserve/use the apples up. I made one batch (6 jars) of this recipe in fall of 2000. I wasn't too sure at first because over time the liquid and apples separated but I made apple pies with it and it was just great. Sure cut down the time in making apple pie from scratch and at the same time was far superior to canned apple pie filling. The ony change I will make this year is to change the spices to agree with my personal taste as I found this to be a little lacking in flavour. Read More
(79)
Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2006
I was delighted to find this recipe last Christmas as I give gifts in a jar to people with whom my husband works. This was a variation on the "cookies in a jar" theme. I have used it since as just a side dish cutting down on the cornstarch. It freezes well and is a wonderful treat. Thank you. Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2008
Awesome!! This is so good. Good over ice cream pancakes waffles or french toast. This is so good to just eat out of the Jar.. Add to your pancake batter very good we eat them out camping.. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2005
I love this recipe! It is very easy and sooooo tasty. My sister and I made 36 jars yesterday for christmas gifts and we are already planning on doing it again next year. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2002
Great recipe..great jar idea! LOVE IT!!! Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2009
Good see other review for apple pie filling. I also used tapioca or cornstarch as thickener too. I think I liked the cornstarch the best no tell-tale taste. 11/08 Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2007
loved it. filled up 6 jars and is great over icecream. good on anything really. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2009
I just finished making this - it tastes so good!! I made it exactly as suggested. I thought the flavor was very tasty!! I can't wait to make more! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2008
Thanks so much for this recipe. The filling makes the easiest pies and apple crips. Canned the filling on the weekend when I had time. All you have to do is whip up a crust or crumb topping and bake. AWESOME!!! Read More
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