Canned Apple Pie Filling

| 12/17/2013 9:58:00 AM

Tags: Apple Pie Filling, Apples, Urban Foraging, Canning, Urban Homesteading,

Erin SheehanI have written about the 25 pounds of apples we gleaned from abandoned local apple trees. Because we have no real root cellar or good cold storage, our next step was to figure out how to preserve them.

I looked through Grandma’s 1931 Successful Farming Cookbook and through all of her handwritten and clipped out recipes. The only recipe I could find that uses a lot of apples was one for apple pickles. I’ll make pumpkin pickles and even beet pickles, but I have to draw the line somewhere: I am not pickling apples! I made apple bread but still had plenty of apples left over.

Homemade apple bread

I searched online to find a way to can apples and came across a canned apple pie filling recipe. Making it turned into a learning experience and was a good reminder that I’m still learning how to can. … If you have extra apples and want to give it a try, I’ll explain the process I used, including the pitfalls.

Canned Apple Pie Filling 

3 1/2 cups white sugar

12/30/2013 6:28:49 PM

Hi Dave - thanks for the comment. Jim made some apple sauce. I didn't know that about cedars!

12/24/2013 9:19:14 AM

Erin, I love any thing with apples. If I was to have the desire to preserve a massive amount of apples, the natural thing I would do is to make apple sauce. Of course apple crisp, apple pie, and apple sauce can always be made from the canned apples you have. Apples are difficult for the common gardener to grow here because of the cedar trees. Apples will contract cedar rust which virtually destroys the apples if a cedar tree is any where in the neighborhood. However not to far away are the most incredible orchards with the best apples but I suspect they are far from being organic and a good scrubbing is always needed when a purchase is made. ***** Have a great apple preserving day.

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