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How to Can Apples

Canning Apples is a great way to preserve apples from your back yard tree for up to two years. A great way to save money and enjoy those apples all year long.

Canning is the process of heating food in glass jars at high temperatures for a period of time to kill microorganisms that can spoil the food. The heating process also creates a vacuum by driving air from the jar. The vacuum prevents air from entering, which will contaminate the food.

What You Will Need


Water, sugar and apple juice.


1. Purelite™ Apple Peeler
2. Jar Lifting Tongs
3. 1 Large Pot
4. Ball Jars


1. Cook the Apples

After peeling, coring and slicing the apples with your peeler, place 6 cups of sliced apples at a time in a large pot with 1 gallon of apple juice. Boil each batch for five minutes and stir occasionally to prevent burning.

2. Drain

Drain and keep the hot, cooked apples in a covered pot. Don’t throw away the liquid, you will need it to fill the void spaces in the jars.

3. Fill the Jars

Thoroughly clean and sanitize the jars by either boiling it in water or washing it under high temperature in a dish washer before use. Fill the jars with the cooked apples, leaving half an inch of space on top. Lightly press down the apple slices to reduce the amount of air space inside the container.

4. Pour in the liquid

Fill the jar with the liquid until it is half an inch from the top. Put the lid on top and tighten the ring around them.

5. Water Bath

Submerge the jars into a large pot of boiling water for 20 minutes, if you are at sea level (up to 1,000 feet). 25 minutes if you are between 1-3,000 feet. 30 minutes if you are between 3-6,000 feet. 35 minutes if you are above 6,000 feet.

6. Storage

Carefully remove the hot jars with the Jar Lifting Tongs. Store the jars in a cool dry place. Be sure to write the date of canning onto the jar, so that you know when it expires.

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