Since I have learned the basics of making jelly and jam. Yes I have had a few batches that made pretty good syrup! I decided to try something different with my leftover apples. I had about 8 good size apples leftover, I had enough Freezer Apple Pies put up, loads of Apple Jelly. I have tried my hand at apple butter but need to revisit this at a later time. I decided that I wanted Apple Pie Jam. So this is what I came up with:
Here is what you will need:
- Peeled, cored and diced up apples (I use about 8 good size apples) You will want to get about 4 1/2 cups of cooked apples.
- 1 cup of water or apple juice (I used a cup of the homemade cider we had made)
- 5 cups sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon of butter
- 1 box dry pectin (I use Sure-Jell)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon of apple pie spice mix
- or you can use the below if you do not have the apple pie spice mix
- 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Jars with 2 piece lids – 8 8oz jelly jars or you can substitute the 4oz jars for some of the larger ones.
- Jar Lifter
- Canning Pot
- 6 to 8 quart sauce pot – I used my dutch oven (it is a much thicker/heavier pot)
- funnel (this makes it easier to ladle juice into jars)
- Prepare jars and lids per manufactures instructions.
- Place the diced up apples in a large heavy pot such as a dutch oven with one cup of (water, apple juice or cider). Cook over a medium to low heat until apples are tender. Stirring to make sure they do not burn or stick to the pot.
- Measure 4 1/2 cups of the cooked apples (you may have leftovers you can save or discard) My hubby ate mine!
- Place the 4/12 cups of cooked apples to pot stir in sugar, spices and butter and bring to a full rolling boil.
- Add pectin and continue to boil for 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and skim off any foam. Ladle into prepared jars, within 1/8 inch of top. Wipe jar rims and threads with damp cloth. Cover with two piece lids. Screw on tightly.
- Place in a hot water bath for 10 minutes, making sure the water is 2 inches above the jars lids.
- Take jars out of hot water bath and let cool. Make sure you recheck the lids after they have cooled and tighten if necessary.