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Apple Preserves

Updated: Oct 10, 2023

Homemade Apple Preserves is a beautiful item to have in your long-term food storage pantry. Preserves are exactly that, a delicious way to preserve fruit’s flavor. They taste wonderful and make great gifts. This recipe is particularly great because it is sweet and thick and tastes good on so many things. I like to use apple preserves on pancakes, and waffles, and as a topping for ice cream or even toast.


  • 6 cups apples (peeled, cored, sliced)

  • 4 cups sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 6 tablespoons pectin

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon butter

How to Can Apple Preserves

These directions and recipes make 6 half-pint jars.

Prepare your apples to make Apple Preserves.
Prepare Your Apples

The first step is to wash, peel, core, and slice apples.

Mix your ingredients to make apple preserves.
Apple Preserves Ingredients

Next, mix, apples slices, water, and juice in a large pot and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add the rest of the ingredients except the sugar and nutmeg and bring it up to a boil.

Bring your apple preserves to a boil.
Bring to a Boil

Add the sugar and return it to a boil. Boil it hard for 1 minute.

Add the nutmeg and mix well.

Fill your jars with beautiful apple preserves,.
Fill your jars with Apple Preserves

Using a jar funnel, fill your hot jars leaving a 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe the rim of the jar clean and de-bubble if necessary.

Place the lids on top of the jars and add the rings. Tighten the rings to fingertip tight and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes if at sea level. Remember to adjust the processing time for your elevation if higher than 1000 feet.

Altitude Chart - Water Bath Canning
Altitude Chart - Water Bath Canning

When the jars are done processing, turn off the heat, remove the lid, and allow them to cool for 5 minutes. Then, take the jars out of the waterbath and allow them to cool on a heat-resistant surface with about an inch in between each jar. After 24 hours, check for a good seal. Remove the rings and wash off the jars paying particular attention to the threads. Store in a cool dark place. Home canned goods are best used within 3 years. After that, the nutritional value begins to decrease.

If any of your jars do not seal, place them in the refrigerator and use them right away.

If you have any questions about canning with the boiling water canner or how to adjust the pressure for altitude, take a look at our canning basics videos.

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A jar of Apple Preserves piled atop a beautiful waffle.
Apple Preserves

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