Canning Apple Slices

Canning Apple Slices

Canning apple  slices is one of my favorite activities every fall!  Having canned apples at my fingertips during the winter months allows me to put together an apple pie, crisp or cobbler in just a few minutes!  Let me show you how simple canning apple slices is! 


What Are the Best Apples for Canning?

Great question!

 Jonagold, Braeburn, Granny Smith, Gala, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Cortland, Red Delicious and Pink Lady all make great choices to can! 

You want a nice, firm apple that will hold up to the processing!

water bath canner

What Supplies Will I Need for Canning Apples?

Apples are a high-acid food and require a water-bath canner for processing.


Preparing Your Canning Equipment and Jars

Begin by examining your canning jars to make sure they don’t have any chips or knicks, especially around the mouth.  This could keep your jar from sealing properly or even breaking in the canner.

Wash your jars, lids and rings in hot, soapy water and then rinse well.  Set your rings aside and then place your lids in a pan of water on low heat (do not boil!)

Place your jars into the water bath canner, fill the jars and the canner (about 70% full) with water and heat on the stove.  The water should be hot, but not boiling.  Keep the jars in the canner until you are ready to use them.

Remove one or two jars at a time to fill, returning them to the canner to stay hot and then take more jars to fill.

How to Sterilize Canning Jars – Read the whole thing please

washing fruit

First, you’re going to need some fresh apples to can, whether you pick them yourself from an orchard or buy them from the store.

These were purchased from Meijer at .88 cents a pound on sale, so I bought a bunch!

Wash, peel and slice fruit. 

Slice apples into 1/4-1/2″ thick slices, whatever you prefer, but small enough to get into your jars. 

Treating the slices with a little lemon juice while you’re peeling (a tablespoon or two should be plenty, just mix the apples around) will keep them from darkening.

peeling apples



syrup for canning


Making Syrup for Canning Apples

You will need to make a light or a medium syrup to can your apples in.

Combine the sugar and water in a large pot, on medium-high heat, and stir until the sugar dissolves completely. 

Bring this mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat.


boiling apples on stove

While the syrup is hot, drain the apples of the lemon juice and gently place them in the syrup to boil for 5 minutes.  

The apples are ready to be canned now.

putting fruit in jars

Remove one or two jars at a time and work to fill them.

Pack hot fruit into hot jars, leaving 1/2″ head space.

ladling apples into jar

Then, carefully ladle hot syrup over the fruit, leaving 1/2″ head space. 

Remove air bubbles with a spatula and wipe jar rims with a clean cloth.

Place lids and rings on jars and replace in the canner.  Remove one or two more jars and continue until all the jars are full.

Then proceed to process quarts or pints in a water-bath canner for 20 minutes.   Once time is complete, remove the canner from heat and let sit for 5 minutes before removing jars.

Remove jars carefully with a jar lifter and set on a kitchen towel to cool.

I love canning apples without any spices so that they can be easily used in almost any apple recipe, especially apple pie! 


How Can I Use Canned Apple Slices?

You can use these canned apple slices in just about any recipe that calls for apple!  

Personally, I like to use them right out of the jar! 

As a side dish, of sorts, I’ll empty a jar or two of apples in a frying pan, add a teaspoon of butter or ghee, a dash of cinnamon and let them fry.  Talk about glorious!!

But there’s a lot more you can do with these canned apples…


The Best Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

Apple Muffins with Crumb Topping

Apple Cake (great for lunchboxes!)


Make time this fall for canning apple slices!  It’s well worth the time and effort and you’ll love all of the ways you can use your canned apples!


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This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Janice Brown

    What variety is best for canning?

  2. Janet

    Will these get mushy? How do you keep them from turning to mush?

    1. Kelly

      Hey Janet! It’s important to use firm apples, like the ones listed at the beginning of the post. Otherwise, you will have mush!

      Thanks for the great question!

  3. Tammy

    This might sound silly but you can it . You drain for making pies when you are ready?

    1. Kelly

      Hey Tammy!

      Yes, just drain the apples and then make your favorite apple pie recipe! Great question!

  4. Kelsey

    Why are my apples floating after canning and removing them from the water bath? What did I do wrong?

    1. Kelly

      Hi Kelsey! I’m sure your apples are fine, sometimes they will float if you didn’t pack the apples tight enough. Did your jars seal?

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