Canning apples is easier than you might think, and a great way to enjoy their fresh flavor all year long. In this post, I’ll show you exactly how to do it step by step.
If you have an apple tree, or just enjoy picking them at the orchard every fall, then canning them is a great skill to master.
That way you’ll have them on hand whenever you need them. Savor their delicious flavor right out of the jar, use them in desserts, or add them to your favorite recipe.
Below you’ll learn how to can apples in a few simple steps so you’ll be able to enjoy them all year long.
Best Types Of Apples For Canning
You can use any type of apples for canning. But the crisp ones tend to be the best, because they maintain their texture better than others.
Some great varieties to try are Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Breaburn, and Fuji.
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Preparing Apples For Canning
All you need to do to prepare apples for canning is to rinse, peel, core, and slice them up, and then parboil them.
You can cut them in halves, quarters, wedges, or smaller pieces, depending on your preference, and how you plan to use them in the future.
To prevent browning, fill a bowl with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice for every 1 cup of cold water. Then drop the pieces into the liquid as soon as you finish cutting them.
Also, clean and sterilize the jars as part of the preparation steps, ensuring they stay hot until you are ready to use them.
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To ensure the best flavor and texture, you should hot pack apples, rather than canning them raw.
Then drain off the lemon water, pour the apples into the boiling liquid, and cook them for 5 minutes before canning. Use the cooking liquid to fill the jars after packing them.
Processing Canned Apples
There are a few methods you could use for canning apples. The one you choose depends on your preference, and the type of equipment you have.
Water Bath Method
The most common and easiest method is using a water bath. This is safe because of the fruit’s natural acidity.
With this method you process the jars in boiling water for 20 minutes, adjusting for altitude if necessary.
Using A Pressure Canner
Otherwise, you could process your apples using a pressure canner, if you prefer doing it that way.
The only benefits is that it’s a bit faster, and you can use the equipment you have on hand. With this method you process them at 10lbs for 8 minutes, or adjust for higher altitudes.
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Tools & Equipment Needed
Below is a list of what you’ll need for this process. Collect all the items before you start to help it go smoothly. You can see my full list of tools and supplies here.
- Water bath canner OR a pressure canner
- Cooking pot
- Pint canning jars
- New jar lids
- Canning funnel
- Large bowl
- Measuring spoons & cups
- Bubble remover tool
- Paring knife
- Cutting board
- Jar lifting tool
- Permanent marker
- Dissolvable labels (optional)
How To Store Canned Apples
Always check the seal of your canned apples before storing them. Do this by gently pressing the center of the lid.
If it moves at all, that means it did not seal well. In that case, you just need to put them into the fridge, and use those first.
Otherwise, store the airtight jars somewhere cool and dark, such as a pantry, cupboard, or on a shelf out or direct sunlight.
How Long Do Canned Apples Last?
Canned apples can last up to 18 months, when stored properly. Always check the lid to make sure it is still on there tight before eating or using them. Discard any that have lost their seal.
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It is common to have a lot of questions when trying to can apples for the first time. I hope to answer as many as I can in the details below.
What is the easiest way to can apples?
The easiest way to can apples is using the water bath method. Since they are naturally acidic, this is a safe option.
Can you raw pack apples for canning?
Technically you could raw pack apples for canning. But it changes the texture and flavor, which makes for a poor-quality end product. For the best results, you should hot pack them instead.
Do you have to peel apples for canning?
No, you do not need to peel the apples for canning. But many people choose to remove the skins so they’re easier to use later in their recipes.
Can apples be water bath canned?
Yes, apples can be water bath canned. It’s very simple, and safe due to their naturally high acidity.
Canning apples at home is easy, and a great way to enjoy them in future recipes. Simply follow the steps in this article, and you’ll get the hang of it in no time.
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