Savour food – @bctreefruits Spiced Apples – your DIY food gift to make for the holidays

I learned to make these Spiced Apples from Darcell Markgraf of the BC Tree Fruit Growers photo - Karen Anderson

I learned to make these Spiced Apples from Darcell Markgraf of the BC Tree Fruit Growers
photo – Karen Anderson


This post is all about a wonderful DIY gift you can make for the food lovers on your gift list this holiday season. I’m giving you the recipe now because it needs to sit at least six weeks before being opened.

Read on for the recipe and photos. I hope you’ll try it. It only took me about 90 minutes to produce nine of these pretty jars. Now to decide which of my friends and family to gift them to….

Spiced Apple Rings
(a B.C. Tree Fruit Growers recipe with some notes by me)
Choose Royal Gala, Ambrosia or Granny Smith apples that will look great in tall (wide-mouthed) canning jars and will make a pretty gift for the food lovers on your list come the holiday season.

gather all your goods before you start

gather all your goods before you start

Ingredients
Brine
6 Cups sugar
1 2/3 cups 5% white vinegar
3 cups (bottled) clean water
Jar
Apples: 2-3 per jar
Cinnamon Sticks
Dry spice options: star anise, clove, cardamom, allspice berries
Lemon Juice (use a commercial bottle to be sure of the proper pH)
Equipment
6 x 24 oz (asparagus style) jars (substitute 250 ml or 500 ml wide mouth jars if necessary)
Six 2-piece sealer and ring lids
Apple Corer or small cookie cutter
Jar lifter
Canning rack
Enamel canner (or large stockpot) with rack
apple, good knife, apple corer photo - Karen Anderson

apple, good knife, apple corer
photo – Karen Anderson


Method
half rings in lemon bath photo - Karen Anderson

half rings in lemon bath
photo – Karen Anderson


1. Heat the brine to a bare simmer, then cover.
2. Cut a thin slice from top and bottom of each apple. Core the apples and cut 3 or 4 thick, horizontal slices from each apple; dip in lemon juice.
spiral design of half rings photo - Karen Anderson

spiral design of half rings
photo – Karen Anderson


cookie cutters can be used to make beautiful patterns photo - Karen Anderson

cookie cutters can be used to make beautiful patterns
photo – Karen Anderson


3. Put spice of your choice in the BOTTOM of the jar; be sparing! Stack apples in the jar, allowing room for hot liquid to circulate; insert the cinnamon stick through the centre of the apples. Pour hot liquid over; fill to within 1/8 inch of the top of the jar—barest head space. *
delicious any way you slice them photo - Karen Anderson

delicious any way you slice them
photo – Karen Anderson


4. Gently push down between apple and jar with a spatula or skewer to loosen any air bubbles. Clean jar rim; put hot sealer lid on and hand-tighten ring. Place in canner, bring to full rolling boil for 15 minutes. (10 minutes at sea level) Add some cool water to canner; wait 5 minutes and gently remove jars.
Help remove air by prodding with a slim stick photo - Karen Anderson

Help remove air by prodding with a slim stick
photo – Karen Anderson

5. The apples will fully absorb the flavours of the spices in 4 – 6 weeks and taste great alongside roast pork or turkey. They also make a fantastic addition to Sunday morning French toast.
ready for a close up - with pork, turkey or pancakes comes the holidays

ready for a close up – with pork, turkey or pancakes comes the holidays


*Most canning recipes insist on 1/4-1/2 inch head space. This recipe uses a firm apple and a cold-pack; the apples will release air during the canning process and produce the desired headspace in the finished product. The key is to be very careful in lifting the hot jars from the canner—do not lift immediately after boiling or handle the hot jars roughly.
After they sit for about 6 weeks these jars will just need a pretty bow to be a lovely homemade gift for someone you care about photo - Karen Anderson

After they sit for about 6 weeks these jars will just need a pretty bow to be a lovely homemade gift for someone you care about
photo – Karen Anderson

1 Comment

Filed under Alberta at Noon, Great ingredients, Heritage cooking skills, Recipes, Savour food

One response to “Savour food – @bctreefruits Spiced Apples – your DIY food gift to make for the holidays

  1. Pingback: Recipes for two D-I-Y delectable gifts for food lovers – my December @AlbertaatNoon column | Savour It All

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