So a couple weeks ago I went apple picking with Muscles, Chief, and MacBeth. I picked one bushell half Cortland half MacIntosh. Wolf made apple jelly which didn’t come out. He thinks he added too much honey and I agree. First, it never jelled and second all you could taste was honey. It was as if there were no apples in it.
Then I tried to jar up some apple pie filling. Now, last year I did this with great success but this year is a completely different story. The first time I tried I melted the apples completely. There is no way I can do anything with the goop in the jars so I guess I’m going to toss them. I *hate* tossing food, especially food I made. The second time I made some changes to the recipe and it helped a smidge but not enough because the apples melted anyways. Here’s the recipe (I don’t remember where I got it. Somewhere on the web).
Canned Apple Pie Filling
makes 7 quarts. 2 quarts make a 9” pie
4 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup cornstarch
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons salt
10 cups water
3 tablespoons lemon juice
6 pounds apples
In a large pan, mix sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add salt and water and mix well. Bring to a boil and cook until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and add lemon juice and food coloring.
Sterilize canning jars, lids and rings by boiling them in a large pot of water.
Peel, core, and slice apples. Pack the sliced apples into hot canning jars, leaving a 1/2 inch headspace.
Fill jars with hot syrup, and gently remove air bubbles with a knife.
Put lids on and process in a water bath canner for 20 minutes.
The changes I made were as follows: instead of putting hot liquid into the jars I put it in cold. I then put the jars into the hot water bath and cooked for about 13 minutes. While the apples retained some shape not all of them did so I can’t see how I can make them into a pie, cobbler, or crisp because they’ll completely melt during the cooking time.
Like I said I made this recipe last year with great success so I don’t understand what happened this time. The only thing I can think of is the type of apple I used. Last year Wolf bought apples at the grocery store and this year I picked. I’m thinking the type of apple he bought was different than what I picked, that they were a harder apple.
So I don’t know what to do with the melted apple pie filling. I don’t want to chuck them but…