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:
- get Empire apples, Lobo, and McIntosh apples for snacking on and also for apple sauce and apple butter because they break down when heated (which you can turn into an apple butter pie!)
- get Cortland apples if you want to bake a pie or a cake (like this maple apple pie or this apple bundt cake with salted caramel
- get a mixture of apples if you want to make the best apple crisp and if you live alone, you can still make an apple crisp for one in 2 minutes cooking time!
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.
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.
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
- 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 ¼-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.
This recipe was adapted from Preservation Society Home Preserves, which is available to purchase from Amazon.
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