Frozen Assets

Make-Ahead Apple Pie Filling

apple-pie-differenceA friend of mine shared this recipe for make-ahead apple pie filling that I plan on using when the apples ripen later this year. You might want to keep it in your recipe files until apple season, too!

Make-Ahead Apple Pie Filling

  • 18 cups peeled apple slices

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 4 1/2 cups sugar

  • 1 cup cornstarch

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 10 cups water

In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice; set aside. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, combine sugar, cornstarch. cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Add water; bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add apples; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until the apples are tender, about 6-8 minutes. Cool for 30 minutes. Ladle into freezer containers, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Cool at room temperature no longer than 1-1/2 hours. Seal and freeze; store up to 12 months.Yield: 5 1/2 qts. (enough for about five 9-inch pies).


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Seeing the apple pie filling recipe makes me wonder.. . would homemade apple sauce freeze well? When apples are in season, I make applesauce. It would be nice if I could freeze some to enjoy in the winter.


Comment by Tammy

Yes, homemade applesauce freezes well. My mother-in-law always froze homemade applesauce from her trees for eating all year round. Always was great!


Comment by dsimple

Once apples are frozen, can you use them straight
into the frozen crust? Or do you have to wait
awhail on the apples?


Comment by Debbie Nixon

If i dont have any cornstarch would the apples still be good or can i use something else
Thank you have agood day


Comment by maggie


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