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Make-Ahead Apple Pie Filling
by Deborah Taylor-Hough

One of the easiest ways to save money on your family's grocery budget is to buy in bulk when items you normally purchase are on sale.

Well, it's almost apple season, so even if you don't have a tree of your own to harvest this Fall, the prices are about to hit their lowest of the year. It's tIme to stock up! And when you combine bulk buying with freezing ahead (like this delicious recipe does), it's a great one-two punch to the budget monsters lurking in everyone's lives.

A friend of mine shared this recipe for make-ahead apple pie filling that I plan on using when the apples ripen later this year. You might want to keep it in your recipe files until apple season is in full swing, too!

Make-Ahead Apple Pie Filling

18 cups peeled apple slices
3 tablespoons lemon juice
4 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup cornstarch
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
10 cups water

In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice; set aside. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, combine sugar, cornstarch. cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Add water; bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add apples; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until the apples are tender, about 6-8 minutes. Cool for 30 minutes. Ladle into freezer containers, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Cool at room temperature no longer than 1-1/2 hours. Seal and freeze; store up to 12 months. Yield: 5 1/2 qts. (enough for about five 9-inch pies).

Deborah Taylor-Hough is the author of several books including the bestselling Frozen Assets cookbook series and A Simple Choice: A practical guide for saving your time, money & sanity. Debi also publishes the Simple Times eNewsletter (27,000+ subscribers throughout the world) and conducts classes and workshops on frugal living, cooking for the freezer, personal priorities, simplifying the holidays, and other homemaking-related topics. For more information and to sign up for one of her free email newsletters, visit Debi online at:

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