Green Apple Jam
A delicious green apple jam made with just two ingredients: apples and sugar.
I was always averse of making jams at home as I assumed that was a very cumbersome task to do.
But once I made mango jam at home then there was no looking back. Now I love to experiment with fruits to make jams!
If you are like me (before I started making jams), you always pick that mixed fruit jam, mango jam or pineapple jam from the supermarket aisle.
But sometimes it is boring to consume those jams regularly and you are also like me if you scrunch up your nose when you smell that mixed fruit jam(due to the high content of artificial ingredients). And so, you need to try this recipe I’m sharing with you today.
Have you ever had apple jam? made with green apples?
If not, let me show you this easy and yummy recipe you can try with green apples. A good reason to buy green apples!
Which apples are best for making jam?
Before we dive into the recipe, let me tell you something about green apples and baking.
Did you know green apples are best suited for baking? Because they keep their texture after baking, are not mushy, and are tart/sour in taste which compliment the sweet baked base perfectly; be it cake, tarts or muffins.
I have used the Granny Smith Apples, better known as green apples for making this jam. But it can be made with regular red apples as well. Just follow the same steps.
2-ingredient Green Apple Jam
Jams are made with an ingredient called “pectin” which helps bind the jam together and gives that “spreadable consistency”. But we do not use any pectin in this recipe as apples are naturally high in pectin and so we can comfortably skip this ingredient.
The natural pectin in apples, be it green or red, is enough to bind this jam together. So even if you use red apples for making this jam, you do not need to add any binding agent.
This jam is very easy to make and let me quickly tell you the steps briefly.
- Peel and grate the apples.
- Transfer the grated apples to a pan and add sugar.
- Heat till thick.
That’s it. Your green apple jam is ready. Let it cool to room temperature and then transfer it to a glass jar.
NOTE: I had chopped the green apples finely in a lazy attempt at making this jam. But the apples need to be grated finely so that they dissolve with the sugar. I later had to pulse them in a grinder.
If you do not wish to grate, you may puree them too before you add the sugar and start cooking them.
How to check if the jam is done?
After you have cooked the jam mixture for 15 minutes, you need to check if it has finished cooking.
Test if the jam is done cooking by taking a spoonful on a plate. It should be thick and not of runny consistency.
Refer to the picture: If the jam has become thick and does not drip from the plate then it is done. You may switch off the heat and let the jam cool.
Can I double this recipe?
Yes, you can. Just double the ingredients by their weight and not by volume.
That means, if you want to double the recipe, for the apple quantity, use 160 x 2 = 320 grams apple and
100 x 2 = 200 grams sugar.
Do not double according to volume. You may even triple the recipe.
I have used one and half apples for making this recipe and it weighed 160 grams in all. If you use two full apples, the weight may come about 200 grams and so you can use 125 grams sugar for that.
I always prefer to make home made jams in small batches as it is very easy to make another batch without worrying about the jam nearing it’s shelf life.
Do you see those little chunks of green apples in the jam in the above picture. They taste so good!
Green Apple Jam Recipe
NOTE: I had chopped the green apples finely in a lazy attempt at making this jam without grating them. But the apples need to be grated finely so that they dissolve with the sugar when heated. I later had to pulse the mixture in a grinder.
Green Apple Jam
- 160 grams Green Apple (peeled and grated)
- 100 grams Sugar
- Wash and peel the apples and grate them.
- Immediately transfer to a pan and add sugar. Start the heat on low medium flame.
- Keep stirring in between and let it cook for at least 15 minutes. Test if the jam is done cooking by taking a spoonful on a plate. It should be thick and not of runny consistency.
- Now, turn off the flame and let the jam cool. Transfer it to a glass jar once cooled.
- Spread on bread slices, use inside sweet buns and rotis. This will make a good breakfast/snack option for kids when they want to eat something sweet.
Shelf Life: This jam will be best for at least 25-30 days if stored under continuous refrigeration.
Do try this recipe next time you get your hands on green apples. This is a much healthier alternative than store bought jams which contain lot of preservatives and artificial additives.
Choose this to add to your kids’ snack and it will be healthier any day than market bought spreads and jams.
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