Wish Upon A Dish: Canned Apples in a Jar

October 20, 2010

Canned Apples in a Jar

I still have over a dozen apples that need to be cooked somehow.
Yesterday I made Apple Pie in a Jar.
That is apples in a syrup which you use for a pie, topping on ice cream, cakes (I think a cheesecake would be a great option) or waffles.

I also canned a quart of applesauce for my neighbor next door.

Apple Pie in a Jar
adapted from Allrecipes.com
Yield 7 quarts

* 4 1/2 cups white sugar
* 1 cup cornstarch
* 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
* 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 10 cups water
* 3 tablespoons lemon juice
* 7 quarts peeled, cored and sliced apples

1. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stock pot. Fill pot with hot water. Sterilize 7 1-quart canning jars, 7 lids, and 7 rings by placing on rack, jars upright. Bring water to a boil. Boil 10 minutes. Remove with a holder and allow jars to air-dry. Save water for processing apples.
2. Combine sugar, cornstarch, 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.
3. Tightly pack apples into sterilized jars. Slowly pour syrup over apples, covering them completely. Gently tap jars on countertop to allow air bubbles to rise. Screw lids on jars.
4. 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.
5. 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.

I am soooooo tired of apples.

I ran out of canning jars and I should have bought more but didn't. If they last till the weekend, I will buy more jars. I think I like the idea of the 'Apple Pie in a Jar' recipes I have seen. That is like the topping apples only with less syrup and I do believe the apple slices are slightly cooked to release some of their juices.
Except applesauce and apple butter, there really isn't much more you can do with apples.

I do not think I would want to freeze an apple pie, but I guess I could run the apples through the hand-held apple slicer/corer and freeze the slices in zip bags. I will have to do some research on that.
Although we had fun, I do not think I will be picking any apples in the future.

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