Apples in a Jar

    35 minutes

    This is great to make when apples are abundant. Serve as a topping on pancakes, waffles or ice cream. It makes a heavenly yoghurt pot, topped with crunchy muesli. The preserves can also be used to fill puff pastry parcels or a tart.

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    Serves: 16 

    • 1kg caster sugar
    • 155g cornflour
    • 1 dessertspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2.25L (4 litres) water
    • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 6kg (3 lb) peeled, cored and sliced apples

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot. Fill pot with hot water. Sterilise seven 1-litre preserving jars and their rings and lids by placing on rack, jars upright.
    2. Bring water to a boil. Boil 10 minutes. Remove with a holder and allow jars to air dry. Save water for processing apples.
    3. Combine sugar, cornflour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and water in a large saucepan. Place over high heat and cook until thick and bubbly, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.
    4. Tightly pack apples into sterilised jars. Slowly pour syrup over apples, covering them completely. Gently tap jars on countertop to allow air bubbles to rise. Tightly screw lids on jars.
    5. Carefully lower jars into pot using a holder. Leave a 2 inch space between jars. Add more boiling water if necessary, until tops of jars are covered by 2 inches of water. Bring water to a full boil, then cover and process for 30 minutes.
    6. Remove jars from pot and place on cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Once cool, press top of each lid with finger, ensuring that seal is tight (lid doesn't move up or down at all). Sealed jars can be stored for up to a year.

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    Having an apple tree in our yard I am always looking for ways to preserve/use the apples up. I made one batch (6 jars) of this recipe in fall of 2000. I wasn't too sure at first because over time the liquid and apples separated but I made apple pies with it and it was just great. Sure cut down the time in making apple pie from scratch and at the same time was far superior to canned apple pie filling. The ony change I will make this year is to change the spices to agree with my personal taste as I found this to be a little lacking in flavour.  -  28 Aug 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I was delighted to find this recipe last Christmas as I give gifts in a jar to people with whom my husband works. This was a variation on the "cookies in a jar" theme. I have used it since as just a side dish, cutting down on the cornstarch. It freezes well and is a wonderful treat. Thank you.  -  09 Sep 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Awesome !! This is so good. Good over ice cream pancakes waffles or french toast. This is so good to just eat out of the Jar.. Add to your pancake batter very good we eat them out camping ..  -  27 Sep 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)