Homemade Spiced Apple Preserves (With Cooking Video)

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

To Make This Spiced Apple Preserves Recipe You Will Need:

  • apples
  • lemon juice
  • water
  • sugar
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • lemon
  • powdered pectin
  • large pot
  • whisk
  • large spoon (for stirring)
  • water bath canner or steam canner
  • canning tools (ladle, funnel, etc.)
  • half pint jars with lids & rings

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Spiced Apple Preserves

Constance Smith – Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Delicious apple preserves with chunks of apple spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. This recipe makes about 8 half pint jars of canned preserves.
4.63 from 16 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 oz powdered pectin
  • 4 c sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon 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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18 thoughts on “Homemade Spiced Apple Preserves (With Cooking Video)”

  1. I haven’t made it yet but I’m going to. It looks amazing so i have you the 5 star. You think I could get away with a little less sugar in this recipe. I’m trying to get it under 10 g sugar per serving. If you could help me out that would be great.

  2. We canned our first batch of these 8 years ago and they are so amazing. We bought a mixture of every apple at the produce market, because it was a box of bruised and “ugly” apples. When we make this again in a couple of weeks, we are going to get the variety box again, so many textures and flavors. We were hesitant about the lemon slices, but live them….I will say the thinner the better.
    Thank you so much for this recipe.

  3. 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?


  4. 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.

  5. 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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