Let's think ahead for a moment...
It's winter time.
The snow is gently falling outside your window.
A beef roast nestled on a bed of vegetables is simmering in the crock pot.
Your family is huddled around a crackling fire sharing stories.
The talk turns to apples...
apple pie to be exact.
Mmmm...the fresh apple pies you had in the fall...
The color...the texture...the smell...the taste...
The craving takes over...
An apple pie is a must for the day!
But, wait a minute...you don't have any apples!
A trip to the grocery store is out of question, since the snow has picked up speed and is quickly covering the ground.
Without even putting on your super hero costume...
You smoothly walk into the pantry...
A second later...
You appear with a can of home made apple pie filling...
that you canned yourself!
Your family starts cheering and applauding!
The talk quickly turns to how
great you are great the pie is going to taste.
You pop open that jar, spread the deliciousness into a pie shell, and bake.
As the spice infused apple pie smell wafts from the oven, you get to spend quality time with your family, instead of laboring away in the kitchen.
Do I have you convinced?
Ready to can some apple pie filling for one of those days lurking in your future?
Or any day really.
If you're new to canning, or need a re-fresher, click HERE to read my post titled
Home Canned Apple Pie Filling
(This recipe makes 3 quarts.)
3 pounds firm apples
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
couple dashes of nutmeg
couple dashes of ginger
1/2 cup cornstarch
5 cups water
Combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cornstarch in a large pot.
Add water, and cook on medium-high heat.
Stir frequently until it boils.
Boil for one minute, or until thickened.
Peel, core, and slice enough apples to fill each quart jar, leaving adequate head space.
Fill jar with thickened liquid, again leaving some head space.
Remove air bubbles.
Put lids and bands on.
Process jars in hot water bath for 20 minutes.
Enjoy as a pie, dumplings, ice cream topper, or anything your heart desires!
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