For Christmas this year I wanted to give something to friends that was different from the normal goodie plate. I feel like we all get so many goodies and sometimes just don't know what to do with them all sometimes so when I found this recipe over on Coleen's Recipes and knew this is what I wanted to make. Can I tell you this is some of the best jam I have ever tasted and it was so easy to make!! All my family and friends raved about it!! If you are in a jam rut go give this jam a try you will not be disappointed plus the good thing you can always find good apples all year round instead having to wait for the summer like most other fruits!!!
Apple Pie Jam (makes about 11 pints)
18 cups granny smith apples(peeled)about 8lbs apples
1 1/2 cup apple juice or cider
2 tsp butter
9 cups white sugar
6 cups brown sugar
3 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp nutmeg
3 small boxes(1 1/4 oz each)Sure-Jell powdered pectin
Dice the apples, then put them in the food processor for just a very few pulses. You want the pieces small but not pulverized. Put the apples, apple juice, and butter in a 10 qt pot with tall sides over medium low heat until apples are soft but not mushy. Stir in the powderes pectin and bring to a full rolling boil(on that does not stop when you stir it);stir constantly. When it comes to a full rolling boil, add the sugars,cinnamon,and nutmeg. Stir well and bring back to a full rolling boil and keep at a full rolling boil while stirring for exatly one minute.
Remove from the heat.
as with a lot of jams that have chunks of fruit, if you aren't careful the fruit will float in the jar and it won't be evenly distrubuted throughout the jam. To avoid this:After you take the jam off the heat sit it on a towel or pot holder. Let the jam sit in the hot pot for five minutes before you put in hot jars.Stir the hot jam every 60 seconds or so with a clean spoon. After the five minutes Pour into hot clean jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. wipe the rims of the jars with a clean wet cloth and put the lids and rings on each and hand tighten. Process in a hot water bath:half pints for 10 minutes and pints for 15 minutes.
If you don't want 11 pints of jam the recipe is cut down easily. cut in half easy or even in thirds!!!