Have loads of green apples? Tart ones? Make this easy apple jam, it is a cinnamon-spiced, small-batch recipe with simple steps.
Apple is the main ingredient so get your hand on slightly tart, fully ripened but firm green apples.
Add sugar, cinnamon stick, and ginger. You can add more spices too for a spiced jam. The amount of sugar used depends on your taste preference.
Cover the pot and cook for 15 minutes on medium-low heat until apples turn translucent.
At this stage either mash for a pulpy jam.
For a smooth jam use an immersion blender. I prefer mashing jam. Then blitz with an immersion blender 2-3 times for a semi-smooth consistency, like in the jam photo.
Cook the jam over low heat for about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally. Be more frequent when the jam approaches the setting stage as it requires more carefulness.
Test the jam on a cold plate to see if it's ready to set. Place a large drop of hot jam on a cold freezer plate and let it cool for 30 seconds.
Fill clean and dry jars with hot apple jam. Place the lids on the jars and turn them upside down. Leave an only ½ inch gap on top of the jar between the seal and jam.
Let the jam cool and set for 24 hours then put it in the fridge. You can use this recipe for canning as well.
By Mariam Sodawater