And then the cookbook went onto the bookshelf with the other cookbooks and life happened. A month or two ago when the farmers market I visit had out baskets of tomatoes and peppers for canning, I pulled the book back off the shelf and read through it again with a plan that every week I was going to buy mason jars and get some recipes canned.
But weekends were busy and I kept running out of time and making excuses to not pick up the mason jars and you can’t exactly get any canning done without the proper jars to put everything in! So the cookbook went back on the shelf and then I realized a few weeks ago that I had signed up for the Jellies and Jams week for #handcraftededibles.
Looks like I subconsciously forced myself into finally making a recipe from Food in Jars. Better late than never, right?
- 3 lbs. (6 cups) Golden Delicious apples
- zest and juice of 4 lemons
- 2 ½ cups sugar
- ½ cup honey
1. Wash jars and lids in soapy water. Rinse well.
2. Add the jars to a large pot, cover with water and boil for 30 minutes. Place lids in a small saucepan and simmer over very low heat.
3. Meanwhile, peel, core and chop the apples.
4. Add the apples and lemon juice to a large pot. Bring to barely a simmer over medium heat, then reduce to medium low, cooking for 20-30 minutes, or until the apples are soft. Mash with a potato masher to remove large pieces.
5. Add the sugar and honey to the apple-lemon mixture. Increase the heat to medium-high, cover with a splatter shield and bring to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes or until the mixture has thickened.
6. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon zest.
7. Remove the jars from the boiling water and use add in the jam, leaving ¼ inch of head space.
8. Wipe around the rims of the jars with a wet towels to remove any spills. Place the lids and rims onto the jars and tighten the rims with your fingertips (you do not want it to be too tight.)
9. Place the filled jars back in the pot they first boiled in and boil for 10 minutes.
10. Transfer jars to a dish towel to cool. The jars will ping and the lids will become concave as the vacuum process takes place.
11. Once the jars have sat for 24 hours, remove the rims and lift the jar by the lid, 2 inches off the counter top. If the lid holds, the jars can be stored for up to a year in a cool, dark place. If it doesn’t hold, refrigerate and eat within 2 weeks.
*As you can see from the pictures, I did not use pint sized jars. Mainly because for some reason I scribbled down jelly jars on my grocery list and then managed to pick up 4 and 8 ounce jars but not the actual ones I need.
Now that I’ve finally canned something, expect to see more recipes in the future. It was a lot easier and less intimidating than I thought! Despite the name, I figured this would be an apple jam with a lemon tartness to it. It’s actually quite the opposite, as the name suggests. The lemon flavor is strong but is sweetened up quite a bit with the honey and apples.
- In an effort to make all of her holiday gifts this year, Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla invited some of her favorite foodie bloggers to share recipes for hand-crafted edibles. Over the course of twelve weeks, we’ll be sharing recipes for all your homemade holiday gifts. Hope you’ll follow along for inspiration. You can find out more information, including the schedule: here.
- Amy at Amy’s Cooking Adventures shared Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Jam
- Sarah of Fantastical Sharing of Recipes made Tomato Bacon Jam
- Nichole, the Cookaholic Wife, posted her Honey Lemon Apple Jam
- Lauren at Sew You Think You Can Cook cooked up Concord Grape Jelly
- Terri of Christmas Tree Lane created Blueberry Lavender Butter
- Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm made Jalapeno Jelly
- Camilla, Culinary Adventures with Camilla, shared a spicy jar of Apple Jalapeño Jam
Thanks to these inspiring gals for these jam and jelly treats:
Next week, check back for our recipes for pickles. Or check out our #handcraftededibles pinterest board.