Today I made some Apple Jam. I found one recipe that tempted me with apples and caramel… I’m a sucker for caramel. We had lots of apples, still. I haven’t been able to go through all the 20 some odd pounds of apples we picked. I’ve tried!
Anyway, I finally remembered to get pectin, and had a few hours, so I pulled out the big canning pot and the peeler.
The recipe was pretty easy, dice up the apples, cook them down, add the pectin, sugars and process. The worst part was dicing up the apples, tiny tiny. I’ll admit that I did use the immersion blender a little, just to take some of the bigger chunks out…
Not too bothersome though, I was able to peel and dice while waiting for the water to heat up to a boil in the canning pot. Man, that takes a LONG time. Eventually, the jars were sterilized and laid out, waiting for the jam to be ready.
It took a bit longer for the apples to cook to tender than I expected, but eventually they were ready for the pectin to go in.
Once the pectin was in, I needed to bring it up to a boil before mixing in the sugar. After a few minutes it came up to a rolling boil. Sugar in, and it was time to mix, mix mix. I did cheat a little, and add some splenda along with the white and brown sugars.
Is it caramel yet?
The recipe said it would make 7 pints. I got two 1.5 pint jars along with the 4 pints and one half pint jars. I needed to do this mish-mosh because I forgot to check to see if I had lids before starting. I only had six regular size, and then four wide mouth. The half pint jar is a wide mouth jar. I’m lucky I had enough! And very glad I did.
Anyway, I think the canning pot took almost an hour to get to the boil I needed to process the jam. The jars sat on the counter a bit longer than probably was necessary between being filled and being able to be processed. But eventually they were done…
… And I could have a decent taste (from the funnel and pot which had cooled off). It tasted more like apple pie filling than caramel. Oh, well. It’s still quite yummy. A bit sweet, but yummy.
I’ll be buying some caramels so I can try the other recipe, and see if it’s more like eating a caramel apple. Maybe I’ll have time next weekend. Now, I have to crochet a pig.