September 30, 2012

Home Canned Apples (Apple Slices in a Simple Syrup)

When you have a website for so many years, you end up with thousands of recipes and many times they are 'lost' in the files and only as readily found as your search engine is good.  This is one I posted back in 2008 but it's Autumn and there is a chill in the air, the tree's are full of beautiful apples and it's time for harvest!  Here is a very simple recipe to can apple slices for use later on in anything from apple crisp to apple breads, apple pies to apple tarts or desserts.  Because there is no cinnamon or other spices added to them, it gives you a wider range of recipes to use the apples in later!

 Home Canned Apple Slices in a Simple Syrup

Apples, apples and more apples
1 gallon water with 2-3 T lemon juice (to place slices in as you work)
4 cups water
2 cups sugar

Peel, core and slice the apples and place into a large container of water with the lemon juice added. By immediately placing the apples in this mixture you keep them from turning brown.

In a saucepan bring the water and sugar to a boil and reduce to a slow boil for about 5 minutes to form a simple syrup. While this is simmering pack the apple slices into 2 quart jars. Pack pretty full but not so hard as to break the slices. Pour the hot syrup over the apples in the jars leaving 1/2 inch head space. Use a rubber spatula, chopstick, butter knife, etc. to release air bubbles from the jar. Seal and attach a ring, process in a hot water bath 25 minutes for a pint and 35 for a quart.

Let set 12 hours to cool and seal. Test for the seal, if it didn't seal correctly reprocess.

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