Home-canned Apple Pie Filling

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7 cups sugar
1 3/4 c corn starch
3 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 quart water
1/4 cups lemon juice
10 lbs. tart apples, peeled cored and sliced.
3 drops yellow food coloring (optional)

Preparation -
In a stock pot, mix sugar, salt, corn starch, cinnamon and nutmeg together. Add water and mix well. Bring to a boil and cook until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat; add lemon juice and food coloring. Peel, core, and slice apples. Pack apple slices into hot, sterilized canning jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Fill jars with hot syrup and remove air bubbles. Process in a boiling water bath canner for 20 minutes.

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