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“Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits.” — Henry David Thoreau, Wild Apples
Apples, apples, apples. Truth? I have to seriously be in the mood to just go pick up an apple and eat it. I do like apples, though. It’s just that they end up sitting around on my counter for weeks. Saturday morning I peeled, cored, and sliced the huge variety I had and made Freezer Apple Pie Filling (hint, I just combined ingredients and froze – it worked for me).
Here are the recipes participants have been sharing over on the Facebook page:
Combine apples and water in dutch oven. Cover and cook slowly until tender. Remove apple mixture from pan. Measure 4-1/2 cups apples; return to pan. Save remaining apple mixture for another use (eat as a snack while making this).
Add sugar and butter to pan, bring to a full boil; stirring constantly. Quickly stir in pectin, return to boil and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat; skim foam. Stir in spices. Ladle into jars and cool to room temperature. Give to friends and family.
You may water-bath the jars for storage, if desired. I plan on giving as gifts for neighbors, so I am skipping the water-bath process.
Combine sugar, pears, pineapple, and lemon juice in dutch oven. Bring to a full boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer for 15 mins. stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in gelatin until dissolved. Pour into jars and cool. Let stand overnight to set; no longer than 24 hours. Refrigerate
I am going to give my neighbors bread and jam for Christmas and will definitely be adding this jam as one to give.