Caramel Apple Jam Is Just…Yum
I love getting a great deal on produce. Who doesn't? When I can find a really good price on apples, strawberries or any other fruit, I grab it. Most of the time I use the bulk of that fruit to make jams or jellies.
Last fall, I found a great deal on apples. I had pinned a Caramel Apple Jam recipe to my Canning board on Pinterest, and had been chomping at the bit to try it out. I've made apple jelly and apple-cinnamon jelly, but that's about it. So, I was happy to try a different apple-flavored recipe.
I got together the sugars and spices called for in the recipe and got the apples all chopped up, dug out a box of Sure-Jell pectin and got to work!
In retrospect, I think I would've been happier with the finished product if I'd chopped the apples into smaller pieces. But, I still think it turned out great. It smelled heavenly here while it was cooking and bubbling away.
In place of my regular large stock pot that I have always used for canning jams and jellies, I decided to try out the Ball Jam & Jelly Maker machine that my husband bought for me as a gift. I've made Strawberry Jam in it and that turned out beautiful!
All done! Look at that gorgeous deep amber coloring!
Nothing beats the old-fashioned stock pot for making jams and jellies. But, I think I like the Ball Jam & Jelly Maker as an alternative when I'm pressed for time and can't babysit the stockpot the entire time the fruit is cooking. My favorite jams and jellies come out just as beautiful and delicious no matter which method I use to prepare them, so this machine is just a convenience factor for me. I like that the machine does all the stirring for me and alerts me when it's time to add the sugar and when the cooking cycle is finished.
So, here's what the Caramel Apple Jam recipe netted me — a dozen jars. Pretty awesome. Perfect for gift giving once they sit for 24 hours to let the jars seal, I wash the outside of the jars to remove any sticky jam residue and make the labels!
Here's why I wish I'd chopped the apples into smaller pieces. The apples kind of stick out visually a bit more than I wanted. Good to know for next time!
My mother-in-law really enjoyed this jam. I like it, too, though strawberry is always, always, always my fave!
You can find the recipe I used (and adapted to my jam maker) HERE.
Do you can food items? What are your favorite items to can or a favorite recipe that has made your Go-To List?