The 10 best recipes for canning apples or how to enjoy them all year round. Get inspired!

Apples may seem like an ordinary fruit, but they are not.

Did you know how many vitamins and beneficial substances they contain?

They provide us with soluble fiber, for example, which helps to reduce cholesterol in the blood.

Do you have a garden full of fruiting apple trees?

Wait for homemade apples and be inspired by our recipes for canning apples that you will enjoy!

Pickling for canning apples

Prepare a basic pickle for canning apples, which will make storing them a breeze!

You will need

  • apples
  • crystal Sugar

Preparation process

  • Bring water to a boil in a large enough pot.
  • Add the sugar and cook until it dissolves completely.

Canning grated apples

Does it seem a bit strange to store grated apples? For many, ready-made preserves are much better than, for example, apple marmalade. Try it and see.

You will need

  • 1.5 kg of apples
  • 2 teaspoons of brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of citric acid

Preparation process

  • Prepare a canning pot and canning jars with lids.
  • Place a fine-textured colander over a large bowl and strain the grated apples through it.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of brown sugar to the apples and mix gently – to combine.
  • Put the spoiled apples in a clean towel or cloth and squeeze the remaining juice out of them.
  • Put this juice in a saucepan and add granulated sugar and the rest of the ingredients except citric acid.
  • Once the sugar has dissolved, add the apples. Cook for 5-6 minutes until the apple pieces break down.
  • Discard the remaining juice.
  • Divide citric acid into jars – prevents apples from browning and add hot apples.
  • Cover tightly and cook in a water bath for 25 minutes.
  • Then let the jars stand in warm water for another 5 minutes.
  • Remove the jars and place them upside down on a tea towel to cool.
  • Store in a cool and dark place – shelf life is 1 year.
Pickled grated apples in canning jars.

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Canning apples in the oven

You can easily preserve apples in the oven. Get inspired by our recipe!

You will need

  • apples
  • infusion
  • spices (cinnamon, cloves, star anise)

Preparation process

  • Prepare a large pot or bowl of acidified water (by adding lemon juice or ascorbic acid).
  • Wash the apples, peel them, get rid of the core.
  • Work in such a way that the peeled apple is never left out of water for a long time to avoid discolouration.
  • Place the sliced ​​apples in a large bowl.
  • For every 2 kg of apples in the pot, add 1/2 liter of water.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Place the apples in pre-prepared canning jars – sterilize them before canning.
  • If you like, you can add, for example, a piece of cinnamon, star anise or cloves to the apples.
  • Fill the glasses with water from the blanching – if there is not enough, you can top up with boiling water.
  • Close the jars with lids and place them in a deep tray – line the tray with a tea towel.
  • Fill the glasses with water and place the tray in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • After removing from the oven, turn the jars upside down and leave to cool until the next day.
Pickled apples in canning jars.

Canning apples in the classic way

If you own a crockpot, try this recipe for traditional apple canning.

You will need

  • apples
  • infusion

Preparation process

  • First, prepare the sugary pickle.
  • Wash the apples, remove the cores, peel them and cut them into quarters. (If you don’t mind the peel, you don’t need to peel them.)
  • Put them in a pot, cover with water and cook for 2-3 minutes – the apples must soften.
  • Fill mason jars with them, you can add cinnamon or cloves to them.
  • Pour the cooled pickle over them and tighten the lids tightly.
  • Place the jars in the canning pot, add water so that the jars are under water.
  • Cook at 80 degrees for about 20 minutes.
  • Then let them stand for 5 minutes and after removing, turn them upside down and let them cool.
  • Store in a dark and cool room.
Pickled whole apples in a jar.

Canning apples for strudel

Strúdl is one of the most popular pastries in Czech cuisine. Load yourself with apples, which you can then easily use in it.

You will need

  • apples
  • crystal Sugar

Preparation process

  • Carefully clean, cut and core the apples and remove the skin.
  • Grate the apples or cut them into thin slices – it depends on your taste
  • Squeeze the juice from these prepared apples – preferably using a clean cloth or cloth.
  • Sprinkle them with sugar (you can also mix sugar with vanilla sugar).
  • Fill this mixture – rather press it into canning jars.
  • Tighten the lids tightly and let them cook for about 20 minutes.
  • After removing the jar, turn it upside down and let it cool.
Pickled apples in canning jars and fresh apples placed next to them.

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Pickled apples without sugar

This method of canning is really simple and there is no science in it – you simply cook the apples in your own juice.

You will need

  • apples
  • boiled water

Preparation process

  • Clean the apples and cut them to the desired size – you can also peel them, it depends on your taste.
  • Place them in a pot, add water and cook for about 3 minutes to soften.
  • Put the cooled apples in canning jars, cover them with the remaining water and cover – if there is not enough water, top up with boiled water.
  • Cook in a cooking pot at 80 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Once the cooking is done, let them stand for another 10 minutes.
  • Then pull them out and turn them upside down with the lid.
  • Leave to cool until the next day.
Pickled apple slices in mason jars.

Dry canning of apples

You can prepare apples for worse times and for the so-called drought. Try this simple recipe!

You will need

  • apples

Preparation process

  • Wash the apples and remove dirt.
  • Cut them into really small pieces or grate them.
  • First boil the apples for 2-3 minutes in a pot of water.
  • Then squeeze all the juice out of them.
  • Put them in the jars so that there are no gaps anywhere – air bubbles, they must be really tight in the jar – that’s why grated apples are better.
  • Seal tightly and place in a canning pot.
  • Cook for about 20 minutes – the apples will release their juice, which will help them to preserve them.
  • Allow them to cool and then store in a dark, cool room.
Fresh apples placed on a chair.

Canning apples in the microwave

If you have a microwave oven in your kitchen, cook your apples in it.

You will need

  • apples
  • infusion
  • spices – cinnamon, star anise, cloves
  • plastic bowl

Preparation process

  • Clean, peel and cut the apples into eighths.
  • Put them in a pot, cover with water and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Then let them cool and prepare the pickle.
  • Put the apples together with the cinnamon stick or cloves into the pre-prepared sterilized jars.
  • Fill the glasses with pickle and close the lids.
  • Set the microwave oven to the highest power – usually 700 Watts.
  • Place a plastic bowl in the microwave and place the canning jar in it.
  • Set the timer for 6 minutes – if you are giving two glasses, set the timer for 12 minutes.
  • Then take out the jars and turn them upside down – let them cool until the next day.
Pickled apples in canning jars.

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Other ways to preserve apples

There are plenty of other ways to preserve apples throughout the year. We bring you only some of them.

Apple vinegar

You will need

  • 3 whole apples or pieces of about 6 apples
  • 2 spoons of sugar
  • 3 cups of boiled water
  • a large glass container
  • paper towel and rubber band

Preparation process

  • Wash the apples and cut them into pieces and pour them into the prepared container.
  • Mix the sugar with 1 cup of water and pour the mixture over the apples – add more water so that the apples are fully submerged about 1 centimeter from the edge.
  • Cover the container with a paper towel and secure it with a rubber band.
  • If most of the apples have reached the surface of the water, add large leaves such as cabbage to them – this will prevent the formation of mold.
  • Place the container in a warm pantry for 2 weeks.
  • Then drain the water and discard the apple pieces.
  • Return the drained water back to the same container, cover and store in the pantry again.
  • Stir the water occasionally for 4 weeks.
  • Once the vinegar has reached the desired acidity after 4 weeks, pour it into smaller jars and you can start using it.
Apple cider vinegar in a glass bottle and fresh apples placed next to it.

Russian apples

Choose yellow or green apples for this recipe.

You will need

  • a handful of mint leaves
  • boiled water (about 8 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons of rye flour
  • 2 spoons of sprouted (malted) rye flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1-2 spoons of sourdough starter – rye is recommended

Preparation process

  • Wash the apples and put them together with the mint at the bottom of the glass container.
  • Try to weigh down the apples so they stay below the rim of the container.
  • To know how much water you need for the sauce, pour it into the jar with the apples and then back into the pot.
  • Add rye and sprouted rye flour and mix well with a whisk.
  • Add salt and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Add honey and stir to dissolve.
  • Add rye yeast to the mixture and stir until dissolved.
  • Pour the mixture over the apples so that the mixture is a few inches above the apples.
  • Cover tightly. Leave to ferment for 5-6 days at room temperature.
  • Twice a day (or more often if possible) remove the white foam that forms on the edge of the container.
  • If you find that the water level is dropping, you can add more water (boiled and chilled) – this happens because the apples absorb water.
  • Put them in the fridge and leave them there for 30-60 days.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to one year.
Whole Russian apples on a plate.

Apple compote

Try this luxurious apple compote with cloves and cinnamon.

You will need

  • 5 apples
  • 5 cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 slices of lemon
  • 2 cups of water

Preparation process

  1. Peel the apples and cut them in half.
  2. Cut out the cores and cut the apples into roughly the same size wedges.
  3. Place the apples in a saucepan and cover with warm water.
  4. Add sugar, cloves, cinnamon and lemon.
  5. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low.
  6. Cover the pot with a lid and cook slowly until the apple slices are soft.
  7. This takes about 15 minutes.
  8. Serve the finished apple compote warm as a snack.
Apple compote served in a bowl with a spoon next to it.

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