Saturday, October 08, 2011

I Have Apples Coming Out Of My Ears!

I got a couple of boxes of apples for canning.  Seriously, why didn't someone tell me how much work that was gonna be?  I have made 12 jars of caramel apple jam, 6 jars of apple pie filling and 7 jars of apple butter and I am not even all the way through the first box of apples!!  I promised I would share the recipe for the caramel apple jam so here you go.

Caramel Apple Jam


6 cups diced peeled apples (1/8 inch cubes, but I shredded mine)
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon butter
1 (1.75 ounce) package powdered fruit pectin (I used Sure Jel)
2 cups sugar
2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


In a large kettle, combine the apples, water and butter. Cook and stir over low heat until apples are soft. Stir in pectin and bring to a rolling boil, stirring constantly. Add the sugars, cinnamon and nutmeg and return to a rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Remove from the heat and skim off any foam. Ladle hot jam into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Adjust caps. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling-water bath.

Here is what my apples looked like as I shredded them with my salad shooter.
shredded apples for CA jam
This is what it all looks like when it's cooking, YUM!
making caramel apple jam
 And the finished product!  You can see the one I diced on the left and the one I shredded on the right.  Way less work to shred using the salad shooter, I heart my salad shooter!

Caramel Apple Jam
I also made 7 jars of apple butter and 6 jars of apple pie filling. Here is what the pie filling looked like when it was done
Apple Pie filling canned

While I'm at it let me share my Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe here too. I made it for the baby shower and everyone was asking for the recipe (sorry not pictures)

Buffalo Chicken Dip

2 large packages of Cream Cheese, softened
1 large or 2 small cans of chicken, drained (like the tuna cans)
1 cup Ranch or Blue Cheese dressing
1 cup Sour Cream
1 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Franks Red Hot Buffalo Wing sauce to taste (probably ~ 1 T)

Stir cream cheese until blended. Mix in chicken, dressing, sour cream and cheese. Add wing sauce and mix completely. Pour into oven safe dish and bake about 10 minutes at 350 degrees F, or until bubbly.

Serve with tortilla chips and celery.

Now, that's about enough of that. My domesticity ends there! LOL. I do have 4 more pecks of apples to deal with tomorrow. I managed to get the binding sewn on my chenille blanket now for the hand work. DH took me out for dinner since I had been slaving away over a hot stove all day, hahaha. Hope you are having a good weekend so far. Mine is drowning in appley goodness! ~XOP~


Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

That looks like a LOT of work Pam! I'm sure it will be enjoyed all winter!

Sara said...

I know what you mean about the apple overload,although I think you have me beat some!


Denise :) said...

Pam, my favorite thing to do with apples is peel, core, and slice them ... sprinkle them with a little fruit fresh (to keep them from turning brown) and freezing them in gallon bags. Then I can pull them out and use them however I want to -- a pie, cobbler, applesauce ... and they still taste great! (And the prep work is easy! Todd and I pop a movie in the DVD player and go to town!)

Tamara said...

My Aunt made applesauce. I dont know what she did different but it was always so much better than what you can buy in the store... i could eat a whole jar at a time. I miss apple season! the jelly sounds SO yummy, i might have to buy some apples and make some!

Patti said...

Oh! You poor dear! However, I love the caramel apple jam recipe. Love your blog header too!

Myra said...

Mmmm... Sounds like wonderful recipes! Thanks for sharing, and good luck tackling the rest of the apples tomorrow... 8-)

Impera_Magna said...

I make applesauce in the fall and freeze it... I am quite thankful for my apple-peeler-corer-slicer thing...

All your goodies look so yummy!

MB in MI said...

Nice goin'!! You'll be so happy this winter when all ya gotta do is open up a jar of jam or pie filling! Thanks for sharing your recipes!

Kigwit said...

The caramel apple jam sounds fantastic. May I ask do you process in a hot water bath? I think I need to make some!

Deb said...

The jam looks delicious! Do you have to have a canner to put them in a hot water bath, or can you just use an open pot on the stove?

Brenda said...

Oh I forgot to come by and get the apple recipe. I managed 7 quarts and 7 pints of applesauce, 11 1/2 pints of apple butter and an apple pie for hubs. Have enough apples to do another round of apple butter sometime this week. Got through the complete day a whole bushel of apples and cut my finger while cleaning up. Brother. Good job Pam! Keep it up they will be gone soon.

MollyP said...

Thank you! I've been canning tomatoes and peppers all summer so I feel your pain. I keep hitting up our local Farmer's Market so I can buy a bushel or 2 of "seconds" apples for canning, but no luck so far.

Chris said...

OMG that dip sounds so good right now....and I am stuck at my desk starving...No fair :)

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