Sunday, January 11, 2009

Spiced Apple Rings

originally uploaded by Lakenvelder.
These are very simple to can and require only a few ingredients, You can make the apple rings plain or add spices.

I added cinnamon and cloves to my spice bags to give my rings a special taste for the winter/holiday season. This product could also make a lovey gift or part of a food basket. I used red food coloring as should in the above picture (sixth container from the left) however, you could also color it green or any other color. Just let your imagination go wild but just remember the audience. Children may be excited with purple apple rings but adults not so much.

10 pounds apples
4 cups sugar
4 cups water
red food coloring (optional)

Wash , peel, core the apples. I used a peeler. corner and slicer. It makes the process go a lot faster. Treat to prevent darkening. Combine the sugar and water in a large sauce pot. Add the food coloring, if desired, bring the mixture to a bail and boil for 5 minutes, Remove from heat. Drain the apple rings for the treatment to prevent browning agent. Add the apple to the syrup and let stand for 10 minutes. Bring the mixture to a boil; reduce heat, simmer 30 minutes. Remove mixture from heat and let cool. Remove apple rings form syrup. Return syrup to a boil. Pack the apple rings loosely int hot jars leaving 1/2 inch head apace. Ladle the syrup over the apples and remove air bubbles allowing 1/2 inch head space. Adjust two-piece caps . Process in water bath 15 minutes for pints and 20 minutes for quarts.

Variation: For spiced add stick cinnamon, whole coves and other spices in a spice bag to the syrup during preparation. Remove the bag before canning.

Note: use a variety of apples good for cooking in this recipe.

Antioxidants: To prevent browning use a commercial mixture place in a bowl with lemon juice and water, To not leave in too long or the apples with get sour.

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