Apple Preserves


Quantity: 6 half-pints

Jar size: Half-pint or pints


6 cups peeled, cored, sliced apples
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 package powdered pectin
½ lemon, thinly sliced (optional)
4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg


  1. Sterilize canning jars and prepare two-piece canning lids according to manufacturer’s directions.
  2. Combine apples, water and lemon juice in a large saucepot. Simmer, covered for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in pectin and bring to a full rolling boil, stirring frequently.
  4. Add lemon slices (optional) and sugar.Return to a full rolling boil. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  5. Remove from heat; add nutmeg.
  6. Pour hot preserves into hot jars, leaving ¼-inch headspace.
  7. Wipe rims of jars with a dampened clean paper towel; apply two-piece metal canning lids.
  8. Process in a boiling water canner according to the recommendations. Let cool, undisturbed, 12-24 hours and check for seals.

Processing time:

Processing Times for Boiling Water Canner


Process Time at Altitudes of

Style of Pack

Jar Size

0 – 1,000 ft


1,001 – 6,000 ft

Above 6,000 ft



Half-pints or Pints

5 minutes

10 minutes

15 minutes

Source: National Center for Home Food Processing