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How to Can Apples at Home; Step by Step

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

A tried and true staple in the pantry is canned apples. Today we are teaching you a step-by-step way to can apples at home. Canned Apples can admittedly seem a little boring with all the other lovely options we have available for preserving our apples. The plus side is that canned apples become an ingredient for so many other wonderful recipes. You can eat the apples plain or make apple crisp, apple pie, cinnamon apple pancakes (one of my favorites), apple bread, or apple muffins. Your choices are limited only by your imagination. Add to that, the ease of making canned apples, and this becomes a much more acceptable recipe for preserving the harvest.

A quart of canned apples.

Canned Apples

This recipe makes 7 quarts of Canned Apples


  • 19 lbs apples

  • 1/4 cup sugar per jar

  • hot water

How to Can and Preserve Fresh Apples

The following directions will make 7-quart jars of canned Apples.

Peel, Core and Slice

  • Peel, core, and slice 19 pounds of apples.

  • Cook apples for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Place apple slices in hot jars.

Place Apples, Sugar, and Water in jars

Processing Complete

  • Once your apples have completed the appropriate time in the boiling water bath canner, turn off the heat and allow them to cool for 5 minutes. Then, take them out and sit them on the counter for 12-24 hours to cool and completely seal.

  • After they have sealed well, remove the rings and wash the threads and outside of the jars.

  • If your jar of Apples did not seal, place them in the fridge and use them immediately. Store the sealed jars in your cool, dry pantry to enjoy for the next 1-3 years. After three years the nutritional value of canned food diminishes.

If you have any questions about canning with the boiling water canner or how to adjust the pressure or processing time for altitude, take a look at our canning basics videos.

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