Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Summer is coming to an end and the start of apple season is in. There is a local apple orchard near me that has great apples, fruit hill orchard. I picked 20 lbs. last weekend and thought I would make some spiced apple rings. Here is a recipe I got from my Ball recipe book, I tweaked it a little.
5 lbs. apples
3 cups of sugar
5 cups of water
red food coloring(optional)
Wash and core the apples; do not peel. Slices apples crosswise into 1/4 inch rings. Add some lemon juice into a bowl of water to treat the apples from turning brown. Combine sugar and water in large sauce pot. Add a few drops of food coloring. Add 1 tsp. of cloves and 1 tsp. of cinnamon. Bring to a boil; boil 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Drain apples rings and add to syrup; let stand 10 mins. Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat; simmer 30 mins. Remove apple rings from syrup and cool. Return syrup to a boil. Pack apple rings loosely into hot jars, leaving 1/2 inch head space. Ladle hot syrup over apple rings, leaving 1/2 inch head space. Remove air bubbles. Put on two piece caps. Process pint jar 15 mins. in boiling water. 1" to 2" of water covering capped jars. Remove from water and set on counter to cool 12-24 hours. Lids should pop when sealed.

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