Apples and Pears; Canned Pie Filling

Apple pie is probably the world’s favorite pie, and a good pear pie is hard to beat. With as much fruit as I have we are getting boxes of both in the form of canned filling. Want to make your own? Try this recipe^^
Apple Preserves

Ingredients;

about 14 cups peeled and sliced apples or pears (about a 5 pound bag)

8 cups water
1 1/2 cups flour

1 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
1 Tablespoon allspice
1 Tablespoon powdered ginger
1 Tablespoon Nutmeg
1 Tablespoon Cloves
1 teaspoon salt

Optional;
3 Tablespoons lemon juice

Substitutions;
peaches also work for this recipe
honey or 1 1/2 cups raw sugar works instead of brown sugar
rice flour or 1/2 cup cornstarch works instead of wheat flour
5 Tablespoons pre-mixed Apple Pie or Pumpkin Pie spice can be used instead of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg. allspice, and ginger.

Instructions;
1, Peel and core fruit, then slice roughly as shown.
Preserving Apples 2

2, Place sliced fruit in clean mason jars. Leave about an inch of space between the fruit and the top edge of the jar. You can add a bit of lemon juice to prevent browning, but I don’t and it doesn’t really matter^^
Apple Preserves

3, Blend the flour and water together, then add the rest of the ingredients. Cook over medium heat until thick.
Apple Preserves

4, Spoon mixture over jarred fruit; make sure you tap the jars gently to remove air pockets like the one in the picture. Save any extra for a yummy pancake topping^^
Apple Preserves

5, Wipe rims and screw on the jar lids. Place jars in pot full of water, and bring to a boil for at least 25 minutes. Cool at room temperature for several hours, then check to make sure lids sealed. To use pour a jar’s worth of filling into a pie crust and bake^^
Apple Preserves

Makes 4 quarts, enough for 4 pies.

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