Spiced apple jam

Here is an amazing, flavourful spiced apple jam recipe for canning. This homemade apple jam is spiced with cinnamon, cloves and star anise. Easy to make and doesn’t require any pectin. Seal the jars using a water bath canning method and you will have apple jam to keep you going until the next apple season.

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Apple season spans from end of August to end of October where I live, and we have access to a wide variety of apples at the local markets and the you-pick orchards:

Macerating apples in a big bowl with sugar and spices to make apple jam in

If you want to make an apple jam like the recipe below, you can use a combination of apples. If you want a saucier preserve, opt for a mixture of Cortlands and McIntosh apples. For an apple jam with distinct apple pieces, use Cortlands and Russets. They hold their shape, even with extensive cooking.

spiced apple jam in jars

In the spirit of fall and hoarding food like a squirrel, I decided my homemade jam stash needed a little more jam. I’ve made some pretty awesome summertime jams, like rhubarb jam (no pectin, jalapeño jam, and plum jam. And in winter, I like to make three fruit marmalade. But what about autumn? None so far. 

This homemade jam is like apple pie filling in a jar and the perfect ode to fall. It tastes amazing dolloped on toast, slathered with salted butter. I chose to make it with Russets and Cortlands because they hold their shape better than most other apples, as you can see. Next time, I’d like to try a mixture of Macintosh and Cortlands so that the jam will have a more apple sauce-like texture.

Two jars of spiced apple jam made with chunks of apple and served with a teaspoon

One of the easiest ways to make sure your jam will set properly when it cools is to check the jam temperature to make sure you achieve the jam setting temperature, also known as jam setting point. Using a thermometer and a home canning kit (which you can buy on Amazon) will make your life infinitely easier if you are going to make a lot of homemade jams.

Spiced apple jam

This spiced apple jam is flavoured with star anise, cinnamon, and cloves. It's the perfect apple jam for fall! Makes 4 jars.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword spiced apple jam
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 70 tablespoons
Calories 42kcal
Author Janice


Big pot
Canning kit
Mason jars


  • 1.2 kilograms (2⅔ lb) apples 600 g Russets, diced, and 600 g Cortland, sliced
  • 300 grams ( cups) granulated sugar
  • 300 grams ( cups) light brown sugar
  • 52.5 mL ( tbsp) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg


  • Combine the apples with the sugar, juice, and spices in a pot. Bring to a boil to dissolve the sugar.
  • Transfer the mixture to a container, top with parchment, and store in the fridge overnight.
  • The next day, place the syrupy apple mixture into a large pot and heat on medium-high. Cook the mixture until it reaches 220ºF, stirring constantly.
  • Take the pot off the heat, and let stand for 5 minutes, stirring every so often. Remove the spices and vanilla bean.
  • Transfer the mixture to sterilized jars, leaving a 1/4-inch headspace. Process for 10 minutes, then let rest 5 minutes in the canner before transferring jars to a towel-lined tray. Let stand overnight, undisturbed.


Use a thermometer (like the Thermoworks Dot) to make sure you achieve the jam setting point. You can also do the plate test (also known as wrinkle test on a frozen plate) to make sure the set is correct.
This recipe makes about 4 x 250 mL (1 cup) jars
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Calories: 42kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

This recipe was adapted from Preservation Society Home Preserves, which is available to purchase from Amazon.

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