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Monday, September 17, 2012

Out of This World Apple Preserves

The lemon keeps this sweet, chunky jam fresh-tasting.  It reminds me of apple pie or applesauce.  It's really just perfect, and seriously out of this world good!

I made mine with Honey Crisp Apples, but you can use any kind. 

6 c. chopped, peeled & cored apples
1 c. water
1 T. lemon juice
1 package pectin
4 c. sugar
1/2 c. thinly sliced lemon
2 t. nutmeg

Combine apples, water, and lemon juice in a large non-reactive pot.  Cover and simmer 10 minutes.  Add in 1 package of pectin.  Stir and bring to a boil.  Add sugar and lemon.  Stir until sugar is dissolved.  Bring to a boil.  Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and stir in nutmeg.

Ladle into prepared jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space.  Process 10 minutes in hot water bath.  Makes 6-7 half pints.

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