Canning Apples

Canning apples

Canning apples 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 apples 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??

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


washing apples

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.

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peeling apples

measuring out sugar

Combine the sugar, water and lemon juice 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.

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boiling apples on stove

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

putting apples in jars

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

ladling apples into jar

Then, carefully ladle hot syrup over the fruit, leaving 1/2″ headspace.  Remove air bubbles and wipe jar rims with a clean cloth.

Place lids and rings on jars, and then proceed to process quarts in a water-bath canner for 20 minutes. 

Then, 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 Apples?

You can use these canned apples 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!!

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

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Make time this fall for canning apples!  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 4 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!

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