I hate to say it, but this is a long process (actually I should say, it is a long process for me!)
First, I clean my apples and get everything out and set up.
A large bowl for sliced apples with lemon juice in the water and a discard bowl.
(Everything is messy because by the time I took the pics, I had already made one batch of filling.)
An apple peeler/corer sure makes the job go faster and I like the size of slices.
After I have all the apples sliced, I pour them in a huge heavy pot (a heavy pot will keep them from burning)
Then I mix together the sugar, flour and spices and pour on top of apples.
Add on top, the lemon juice and stir everything together, coating all the apples.
Cook the apples until the mix starts to thicken. I let this slowly come to a low boil, stirring so apples don't stick. Maybe 20 minutes start to finish. If the mix is too dry and the apples are not producing enough juice, I will add enough water to be able to stir them; maybe 2 cups.... not too much though.
After the apple filling is cooled, I bag it in seal-a-meal bags and seal them. I think this keeps it from getting ice crystals in it. I measure out 4-5 cups in each bag. That is what my pie recipe calls for. (Recipe to follow)
I have started using a scale thanks to BUTTER YUM... I love her blog and she did a post on why using a scale is good and so I splurged and got a scale..... Go to her blog, just don't go there hungry!!!
It took me from 10am - 7:30pm, I did 4 batches. I now have enough in the freezer for 10 apple pies and it is soooo much better than store bought!
APPLE PIE FILLING RECIPE
6 lb. apples
1 1/2 C. sugar (maybe less, depends on how tart apples are)
1/2 C. flour
1 1/2 tes. cinnamon
1/4 tes. nutmeg
2 tes. lemon juice
Mix sugar, flour and spices. Set aside.
Peel and core apples.
Add mix to apples in a big pot.
Add lemon juice.
Let sit for 30 minutes. (I don't do this step, not enough time in a day to do this. I just add some water for the juice)
Cook until begin to thicken. Cool. Freeze.
I have heard of people canning this in a hot water bath.
I have given this recipe to several people and everyone seems to just rave about it.
Try it and let me know what you think!!!!