Apple season is upon us. This simple apple jelly recipe is always first on my preserving list! Add it to yours too and use those ripe red apples to make this sparkling apple jelly recipe this fall and you’ll be glad you did!
This is my Nanas signature jelly she makes every year with her gravenstien apples and man does it sparkle in beautiful hues of pink. I love the diversity in apples, there’s lots of varieties and opportunities for preserving their flavour all year long.
With raising nine children it’s of no surprise that she spent her years canning to fill her pantry. And it’s those aunts and uncles I have to beat to the tree every year to get enough to make this beautiful jelly.
Nana is 90, I grew up right next door to her and nothing reminds me more of Nana than her apples.
It’s those apples I learned to can with and it’s this jelly that makes my heart happy. But enough of that sappy happy homesteading talk let’s get to the recipe.
APPLE JELLY RECIPE
First of apple if you’ve ever canned before you know there’s a difference between jam and jelly.
Jelly in my eyes is the art of canning. By making clear sparking juice from fresh fruit , you simply add sugar and pectin to turn it into a jelly like clear spread.
STEP ONE: COLLECT APPLES
Red apples are always a favourite for making apple jellies in hues of pinks, oranges and reds. Depending on the variety you’ll get a difference shade.
In my recipe, I’ve used red gravenstien apples. Learn more about the diversity of apple varieties in this post.
STEP TWO: GATHER SUPPLIES AND INGREDIENTS
CANNING SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR RECIPE
Lids and Rings
Large Stainless Steel Pot
INGREDIENTS FOR APPLE JELLY:
Apple Juice ( prepared using the apples in the recipe)
STEP THREE: PREPARE FOR CANNING
Prepare for canning season by getting your supplies and ingredients in order before you get stared. be prepared with our handy Canning Planner Printable below. Get all your canning ducks and tasks in a row and you’ll be much more efficient in the kitchen during the peak of the harvest!
You’ll also need to have a basic understanding of using the hot water bath canning method for this recipe. This Apple Jelly Recipe is an easy beginner recipe with few ingredients but a general frame of reference for canning helps tremendously.
Thats why I recommend you check out our recent post, preserving for beginners. Also, if you’re looking for a more hands on approach with more beginner recipes I highly suggest the quick start guide below.
There’s a few secrets to perfect jelly:
Make the juice with the ripest, brightest fruit and include the skins.
Never squeeze the cloth bag when juicing
Leave it over night
Use these handy tools to make juicing fruit a breeze
METHOD FOR PREPARING APPLE JELLY
Wash apples, chop removing bruises, rot or other signs of disease. The best apples are often ripest and even bruised, just remove those parts when adding the apple to the stock pot.
Fill the large stockpot with the apples and fill with 5 cups of water
Cover the stockpot and simmer for 10 minutes. By then the apples should be soft. Once they are soft simply crush them with a potato masher and simmer for another 5.
Once apples are soft it’s time to place the apples in a cheesecloth covered colinder and drain juice. The best way to do this is to allow the apples to drip over night or at least for an hour.
Fruit flies and bee’s will be attracted to your fresh juice, so feel feel to add a trap in the kitchen and cover the colinder with a lid or towel. Allow gravity to do the work.
As tempting as it might be, don’t squeeze the jelly bag! The goal is to have crystal clear beautiful jelly that sparkles. Squeezing the jelly bag will cause the jelly to be cloudy.
Measure the juice for the jelly and add to a clean stock pot. Add the lemon juice and sugar and bring to a boil over medium to high heat.
At this point, you’ll want to have a clear work space and all of your canning supplies organized, accessible and ready to go.
This is where your canning checklist will come in handy.
Mix the juice, sugar, lemon juice, butter in clean pot and bring to a hard boil. Once liquid has reached a hard boil, add pectin and mix for one minute.
Remove from heat and skim off foam.
Fill and process jars by quickly ladling in hot jelly to within 1/4 inch head space. Using a no metallic utensil remove air bubbles from jelly by inserting along the side of the jar.
Makes 8 pint jars
PRINT APPLE JELLY RECIPE
Apple Jelly Recipe
- Hot Water Bath Canner
- Canning Supplies
- Pint Jars, Lids and Seals
- Cheesecloth or Jelly Bag
- Large Stockpot
- 16 Medium Red Apples Gravenstiens are best
- 5 Cups Water
- 5 Cups Prepared Juice From Apples and Water Above
- 3 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 7 1/2 Cups White Sugar
- 1 Pouch Liquid Pectin
- Remove the stem and blossom ends from apples and add to a large stockpot
- Add 5 cups of water and simmer covered for ten minutes
- Crush apples with a potato masher and simmer for 5 minutes longer
- Prepare colinder with cheese cloth or jelly bag
- Fill Colinder with the apple sauce mixture and allow to drip for at least an hour, overnight or all day is best
- Measure 5 cups of dripped juice and add to clean stockpot
- Then add the lemon juice and sugar. Add a tsp of butter to reduce foaming if needed.
- Bring mixture to a full rolling boil.
- Add entire pouch of liquid pectin
- Boil hard for 1 minute stirring constantly
- Remove from heat and skim off foam
- Fill and Process Jars
- Boil filled jars for 10 minutes (increase time for altitude higer than 1,000 feet )