Homemade Spiced Apple Preserves (With Cooking Video)

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Delicious preserves with chunks of tasty apple, spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.

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Spiced Apple Preserves

Constance Smith – Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Delicious apple preserves, with chunks of apple, and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. This recipe makes about 8 half pint jars of canned preserves.
4.59 from 12 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 35 minutes
Course Jelly and Jams
Cuisine American
Servings 64
Calories 56 kcal


  • 4 c apples, peeled, sliced and cored (for this recipe, I use sweet, "eating" apples, like Fuji, Macintosh, Jonathan, Red Delicious, etc.)
  • 1 c water
  • 1 Tb bottled lemon juice
  • 1.75 ounce powdered pectin
  • 4 c sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced (seeds removed)


  • Combine the apples, water and lemon juice in a large pot.
  • Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Whisk in the powdered pectin.
  • Bring the mixture back to a boil.
  • Add in the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon slices.
  • Bring the mixture to a rolling boil, and boil for 1 minute – stirring constantly.
  • Remove it from the heat and ladle into prepared half pint jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space.
  • Wipe the jar rims with a damp rag, dipped in white vinegar.
  • Close the jars with lids and rings and place the jars in your canner.
  • Process the jars in a water bath canner for 10 minutes. (Adjust for elevation.)
  • Allow to cool in a draft-free location for 12-24 hours.
  • Test the seals, remove the rings, wiped down the jars, label and store in your pantry.



Serving: 1TbCalories: 56kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 11mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is auto-generated and the accuracy is not guaranteed.

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12 thoughts on “Homemade Spiced Apple Preserves (With Cooking Video)”

  1. This recipe looks delicious! I have a 50 lb bag of Granny Smith to preserve. Will this recipe work for those? I am a newbie to canning.
    What is the tool you are using to measure the head space?


  2. Hello, what an AWESOME recipe! Thanks a great deal. Quick question. Will it be ok to keep the apple preserves unrefrigerated? If so, approximately what’s the shelf life…as if they’d stay there over a week.

  3. Just made my first batch. Didn’t have powdered pectin, but liquid worked great! Thank you for sharing the recipe it is wonderful!


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