Canning Apple Pie Filling

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Canning Apple Pie Filling

GUIDE 2:18-19                                               
APPLE PIE FILLING                                           

                      Quantities of Ingredients Needed      
                           For 1 Quart          7  Quarts   

Blanched, sliced fresh apples  3-1/2 cups       6 quarts    
Granulated sugar               3/4cup + 2 tbsp  5-1/2cups   
Clear Jel                      1/4 cup          1-1/2cups   
Cinnamon                       1/2 tsp          1 tbsp      
Cold water                     1/2 cup          2-1/2cups   
Apple juice                    3/4 cup          5 cups      
Bottled lemon juice            2 tbsp           3/4 cup     
Nutmeg (optional)              1/8 tsp          1 tsp       
Yellow food coloring (optional)  1 drop         7 drops     

QUALITY:  Use firm, crisp apples.  Stayman, Golden          
Delicious, Rome, and other varieties of similar quality     
are suitable. If apples lack tartness, use an additional    
1/4 cup of lemon juice for each 6 quarts of slices.         

YIELD:  1 quart or 7 quarts                                 

PROCEDURE:  Wash, peel, and core apples. Prepare slices     
1/2-inch wide and place in water containing ascorbic acid   
to prevent browning (see ascorbic acid). For fresh fruit,   
place 6 cups at a time in 1 gallon of boiling water. Boil   
each batch 1 minute after the water returns to a boil.      
Drain, but keep heated fruit in a covered bowl or           
pot. Combine sugar, Clear Jel, and cinnamon in a large      
kettle with water and apple juice. If desired, food         
coloring and nutmeg may be added. Stir and cook on          
medium high heat until mixture thickens and begins to       
bubble. Add lemon juice and boil 1 minute, stirring         
constantly. Fold in drained apple slices and fill jars      
with mixture without delay, leaving 1 inch headspace.       
Adjust lids and process immediately.                        

Recommended process time for APPLE PIE FILLING              
in a boiling-water canner                                   
                     Process Time at Altitudes of           
Style       Jar      0-      1,001-    3,001-   Above       
of Pack     Size    1,000ft  3,000ft   6,000ft  6,000 ft    

Hot       Pints     25 min     30        35      40         
        or Quarts                                           

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