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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Homemade Apple Jam

Last week,we had gone for apple picking in the nearby farms here.And believe me,I never had such tasty,juicy & delicious apples from stores.Kids really enjoyed apple picking and it was real fun for them to pluck apples from the hanging bunches all red & ripe.The farms had both red & golden delicious apples.So,what's all this blah blah leading all might have understood by now,Isn't it??Yess..Today's recipe is made with those delicious apples and its the home made apple jam.Earlier I had posted the Home made Grapes Jam,Do check it out here.Though jam making involves frequent stirring & efforts but its real worth making.The home made jams have the real taste & flavor of fruits embedded in them which is lesser in the store brought ones.So,give this a try & enjoy!!

Check out other apple recipes from this space: Rustic Apple CakeApple Cinnamon Toaster Struedel, Apple Pizza, Apple -Banana Halwa, Kashmiri Curried apple

apples(cored & peeled) 8 (refer notes)
sugar approx 1/3 cup(refer notes)
citric acid 1/2 tsp / lemon juice 2 tbsp
cinnamon powder 1/5 tsp
cardamom powder 1/5 tsp
water 1- 1 1/2 cups(refer notes)
yellow food color 2 drops(optional)

-Wash,peel & core the apples,Cut into small cubes.Keep aside.
-Blend half of the apples in the blender with very less water.
-Add the remaining cubes  into the sauce pan or non stick pan along with pureed apple,enough water to cook the cubed apples and sugar.Keep on medium flame,cook covered for 10-12 mins,until the cubes becomes soft & tender.Mash it with a potato masher or wooden spatula.
(Add enough water to the pan,add the cubed apples and sugar.Let the mixture come to boil,and cook for 10-12 minutes covered on medium flame.Check if cooked fully and then mash the apples.Add the pureed apples then and continue to the next steps as below.)

Apple puree & cubed

-Keep stirring the mix otherwise it may stick to the bottom of pan.It may take 30 -40 minutes on medium high flame to reach the jam consistency.Add the lemon juice/citric acid towards the end when its 90-95% done.Mix it well.
-Check test to see if done: Add a tsp of mix on a clean dry plate,wait for a minute.Hold the plate at 45 degrees to see if the jam is slipping down.If its done,the jam will not slip from the place you placed.
-Put off flame at this point and let it cool down completely before storing.

Servings~200 gms or a small bottle

* You can use any variety of apples except the green ones as am not very sure of the taste of jam with those.Adjust the water content accordingly to cook the apples more or less.
* Add the sugar little by little.Increase or decrease the sugar as per your taste buds.
* Adding food color enhances the color of the jam and gives a golden touch to it.You can omit that if u wish.
* You can puree the whole apples too and boil it to get the same results,but that takes more time of stirring and thickening takes longer.
* Adding cinnamon & cardamom gives an added flavor to jam like Kissan jam in India.
* I have added lemon juice in the recipe,it acts as a preservative and prevents crystallisation of sugar.
* Use glass bottles preferably to preserve jams & pickles.Also,sterilise the bottles,lids before use or sun dry the clean bottles for an hour so that no moisture remains in it.This increases the shelf life & stays good for months.

So,I have preserved the red apples for a longer time in the jam form,How do you tend to preserve apples?? :)


divyagcp said... Best Blogger Tips

Seeing the apple jam recipe, I guessed so that you went for apple picking.. We too went last week.. was looking for ways to use it up. Lots of apples lying around.. Delicious and tempting jam..

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

jam looks so perfect and delicious julie...

Sahasra Recipes said... Best Blogger Tips

Homemade is always perfect. Must try.

Sangeetha M said... Best Blogger Tips

wow...jam looks perfect, great recipe...will try this soon(going Orchard this weekend, so will be try this very soon) thanks for sharing...lovely presentation!

Familycook said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious looking jam and beautiful pics!

great-secret-of-life said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie, Apple Jam looks so yummy and smooth

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a nice and yummy jam!!!

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Chocolate & Chillies said... Best Blogger Tips

We just went apple picking this weekend and I've been searching for recipes to use them up..this looks perfect!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

So yummy, always have a question on what to do with apples, this is a great alternative

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Sanoli Ghosh said... Best Blogger Tips

Omg! perfect apple jam. Looks too delicious Julie. Love it.

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Renuka said... Best Blogger Tips

Yum! Yum! And so simple.. can't wait to make this..

Swathi said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious apple jam Julie, Love it.

Shireen said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Julie, how are u doing? Its been a while since i commented on your space although I am a regular visitor. Loved your jam pictures, it looks absolutely smooth n delicious like how home made jams are meant to be :-) Always planned to try it myself but somehow missed it, you have just motivated me :) thanks n take care

Vimitha Durai said... Best Blogger Tips

Homemade is always the best.. Flavorful jam

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Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I love apple jam. You have made it perfect..Tempting and mouthwatering!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy & delicious apple jam and happy to know your kids enjoyed picking apples. yeah it is fun for them. kind request, If possible please add some of the photos of apple farm.

Reshmi Mahesh said... Best Blogger Tips

With kids around Jam is really an essential thing...and nothing can beat homemade ones...Looks perfect...

Anu said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Julie,

Apple jam looks so yummy.i am gonna try this today and will let you know how it has come out..Thanks for the recipe..

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Like the white cutie :) tempting jam

Beena said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks delicious jam

Rosh said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh yummm! Looks perfect!

Daisy Roshan said... Best Blogger Tips

nice recipe Julie... the fun and aroma of cooking freshly picked ingredients is heavenly...

nice clicks too..

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for sharing!I prefer Home made

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

apple jam looks yummy...

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Srividhya Ravikumar said... Best Blogger Tips

love the jam colour...delicious...

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

homemade are always best.. love it..

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Bookmarked!!!Gonna try this for my kid...Delicious..Homemade jams are always tastier than the store bought...

Reshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

bookmarking this Julie... will try this soon.. long time thinking of making a jam..

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

homemade jams are always best

Prabha Mani said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow.. Jam looking really nice!I never tried jam at home..wanna give a try soon..Simple recipe,pics looks awesome .. :)

Sutapa said... Best Blogger Tips

Homemade are best and healthy ...delicious recipe and a must try for me!

divya said... Best Blogger Tips

It's finger licking delicious & tempting..

Priya Suresh said... Best Blogger Tips

Wonderful looking jam,nothing will beat the homemade ones.

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanx all..:)@Shireen SequeiraAm fine dear,Thanx for dropping by Shireen..Do give it a try & Enjoy!

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jemini sure Jemini,will add the farm photos in my next post:)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

adding spice in jam is so wonderful and to me your a perfect chef for jam recipes :-) love it

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Home made is the best,delicious..

Leelagovind said... Best Blogger Tips

your apple jam is superb!how beautiful presentation julie!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious jam..Loved it.

Faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

delicious hpome made jam Julie...

Kaveri Venkatesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks perfect Julie..Delicious