Preserved apples

    50 min

    This is a simple and easy to follow recipe for preserving apples. Autumn is a great time to gather apples and store them for winter enjoyment. These preserved apples are great for digging in to when you need a nice filling for an apple tart, apple pie or soft apples for apple cake. You will need seven 1L jam jars for this recipe, great for food gifts.

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    Makes: 7 jars preserved apples

    • 900g (2 lb) caster sugar
    • 125g (4 1/2 oz) cornflour
    • 1 dessertspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 dessertspoon salt
    • 2.25L (4 pints) water
    • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 3kg (6 lb) apples - peeled, cored and chopped

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. In a large pot, mix sugar, cornflour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add salt and water and mix well. Bring to a boil and cook until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and add lemon juice.
    2. Pack the sliced apples into hot sterilised jars, leaving a 2cm (3/4 in) space at the top.
    3. Fill jars with hot syrup, and gently remove air bubbles with a knife.
    4. Place lids on jars and process in a water bath for 20 minutes.

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    I dont even imagine as simple as that on how to make an apple jam...  -  14 Dec 2013


    Hi. I have been dying to have a go at bottling something for ages. Yesterday I tried this recipe and it was easy and I had no problems. I had some syrup left over so I have frozen it in an ice cube tray. I have some in the fridge to try sooner rather than later but the others are in my cellar store room for future use.  -  13 Oct 2017


    This is a wonderful pie filling recipe. The trick to the syrup is put your sugar and spices in 8 or 8 1/2 cups of hot water; stir till dissolved and place over low heat. Then mix 2 cups water 3 TBS lemon juice and corn starch and set aside. After you have the apples sliced and packed in the jars bring the sugar mixture almost to boiling stir in your cornstarch mixture and pour it into the sugar mixture. Stir or wisk mixture quickly. When the white of the cornstarch disappears, laddle over sliced apples. I use 3 tsp cinnamon and Florida Crystals unprocessed sugar. I also leave off the food coloring. It makes 9 quarts every time for me, but I pack the apples within 1 inch of the top. I have made 54 quarts already this year. Most to give as Christmas gifts.  -  30 Nov 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)