How to Make Lemony Apple Jam (Step by Step Guide With Pictures)

Updated on January 7, 2020
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apple jam
apple jam

The taste and aroma of homemade apple jam are so luxurious that they sometimes makes me feel like I'm being kissed on the tongue by the Apple Goddess. The smell of apples being simmered on the stove is more comforting than any scented candles. Spread a spoonful of apple jam on a warm slice of toast, and you can savor bite after bite of simple joy. Use it to glaze mini apple tarts, and your party guests might ask for your secret recipe. Put it into a cutesy little jar, and you'll have a wonderful present to offer to a dear friend.

Today, the Apple Goddess is in a whimsical mood. She has inspired me to experiment with some tart green apples instead of sweet red ones. Unlike the typical version, my homemade apple jam will be very lemony and boldly flavored. If normal apple jam is like a French kiss, mine is probably a French kiss with a bite.

The jar can be sanitized in a dishwasher.
The jar can be sanitized in a dishwasher.


  • Heavy-duty saucepan, not too deep or shallow
  • Wooden spoon or ladle with a long handle
  • Grater
  • Potato masher
  • Mason jar: You should sanitize the jar by cleaning it in a dishwasher (possibly along with your other utensils) and leaving it on "heat drying" until the jam is ready. If you don't have a dishwasher, sanitize the jar by putting it in boiling water for about 10 minutes right before putting the jam in it. As for the lid, put it in a bowl of hot water instead of boiling water, because the boiling temperature might ruin the seal.
  • Jar lifter (if you put the jar in boiling water)
  • Long tongs for lifting the hot lid

granny smith apples and a mason jar
granny smith apples and a mason jar

Ingredients for One Small Jar

  • 3 unpeeled tart green apples (cored and cut into small pieces)
  • 1 1/2 cup 100% apple juice from concentrate
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash of ground nutmeg and ground cloves


  1. Put apples and apple juice into a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat. Turn it down to low heat and let simmer until the apples are very soft.
  3. Gently mash the apples with a potato masher.
  4. Add sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and the other spices.
  5. Continue to cook until the consistency is thick. Stir constantly with a wooden ladle so that the bottom won't get burned.
  6. Put the jam into a warm sanitized jar. This homemade apple jam can last up to 3 weeks if kept in a refrigerator.

how to make homemade apple jam
how to make homemade apple jam
how to make homemade apple jam
how to make homemade apple jam


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  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

    Thanks so much for the read, sweet comment and vote, Peggy. =D

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    Peggy Woods 

    8 years ago from Houston, Texas

    We don't eat that much jelly or jam but this lemony apple jam surely sounds good. Someday soon I will have to learn how to operate Photoshop. Love how you are arranging your pictures! Voted up and if there was a delicious...that would also be pushed. :))

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

    @Jenny - I'm glad you're going to try this apple jam recipe and share it with your family, Jenny. That's very sweet of you. :)

    @sugar-chinese - Ah, guava jam! I like guavas but have never had guava jam. Thanks for the wonderful idea. :)

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    8 years ago from 252-05 Union Tpke Bellerose, NY 11426 Phone: 718 343 4444, 718 343 4448

    Apple jam is not so tricky to make. Your apple jam sure mouth watering. I have never eat this before but I think guava jam is also great If u never make it then please try it I think you can do it. process is almost same only difference is don't use lemon.It is also mouth watering.although your apple jam I am going to make.

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    Jenny Rose 

    8 years ago

    I love making jams, mostly strawberry and blueberry,using local berries. However, the berry season is almost at an end here and apple season will be here very soon and I'm very excited to try your recipe. My family loves receiving my homemade gifts at Christmas time and now I can expand my duo of jams into a trio of jams. Thank you!!

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

    @icbenefield - Absolutely! It would be a lovely Christmas gift.

    @strickabc - Cool. Glad you will give it a try.

    @johncimble - Thanks a lot!

    @Erika Marie - Yeah, try it! You won't be disappointed.

    @cloverleaf - Hmmmm interesting idea. Adding a few blackberries to it might be a good spin.

    @Mellissa A Smith - Why don't you make it today?

    @Joe Macho - haha I do that sometimes, too. It might be helpful if you have someone to take pictures for you while you're cooking.

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

    @happypuppy - Thanks for the read. I already checked out your first hub. Very nice. Keep hubbing!

    @J.S.Matthew - Thanks. Glad you found the story of the Apple Goddess as interesting as the recipe.

    @Cardisa - Thanks a lot, my friend!

    @The Dirt Farmer - Thanks for the read and sweet comment!

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

    @EmmaMedu - Thanks! Glad you like my apple jam recipe and photos.

    @moonlake - Thanks a lot!

    @blondlogic - Ah, the Apple Goddess' kiss had you hooked! hehehe

    @marellen - Thank you, my fellow Sacramentan.

    @SheliaKay - Thanks for the read, feedback and vote.

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

    @chamilj - Yep, you should!

    @Thelma - Thanks, Thelma.

    @powerofknowledge1 - Thanks. Glad you enjoyed this.

    @anamika - Good idea. Without sugar, the consistency won't be as thick as it should be, though.

    @applecsmith - Thank you.

    @manthy - It is easy. Give it a try sometime.

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    8 years ago from Colorado

    I really like how you took pictures throught the whole process. I always try to remember to take pictures of my recipes, but I just cook right through that part. Congrats on the hub of the day

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    Melissa A Smith 

    8 years ago from New York

    Oo I want to try this

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    8 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

    I've made apple sauce and apple pie but never apple jam. Your illustrations make this very easy to follow. I think maybe a few blackberries thrown in would be yummy too!

    Cheers for the great hub,


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    Erika Moriarty 

    8 years ago from Pennsylvania

    This sounds delicious, I must make this! Well written and nice photos. Great hub!

  • johncimble profile image


    8 years ago from Bangkok

    great and interesting hub, beautifuls pictures aswerll so Perfect! :)

  • strickabc profile image


    8 years ago from

    It looks very delicious, try the next weekend.

  • lcbenefield profile image


    8 years ago from Georgia

    You have made my mouth water. I think this will be one of the treats I make to give out at Christmas time.

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    Jill Spencer 

    8 years ago from United States

    Awesome! Love the recipe--and your writing style. Congratulations.

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    Carolee Samuda 

    8 years ago from Jamaica

    Well deserved HUB OF THE DAY! Congrats!

    Haven't tried the jam yet but surely will.

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    JS Matthew 

    8 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

    Congratulations on being selected for the Hub of the Day!

    I love all things apple and I love jam as well! This sounds really good. I like your introduction before you get into the recipe-it really draws the reader in to read more! Great job and I will be voting and sharing as such!


  • happypuppy profile image


    8 years ago

    Congratulations on "hub of the day"! This looks delicious. I've never had homemade jam. Hmmm...maybe I should give it a try.

    I'm new to Hubpages and just published my first hub. Hope you will view my hub. I've included a link:

  • SheliaKay profile image


    8 years ago from Marietta, Ohio..... but born and raised in Northern Ohio on Lake Erie

    This sounds delicious. I have never made jelly or jams but after reading your hub now I just have to give this a try. Very well written, You've got my vote, and congrats.

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    8 years ago

    Om.....sounds wonderful and I must give this a try.

    Hub of the day.....Wow...Congrats......

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    Mary Wickison 

    8 years ago from Brazil

    Congratulations on your hub of the day. This is similar to how I make my applesauce but I never thought of putting lemon in it. What a good idea.

    You have a wonderful first sentence, it had me hooked. I also think photos on recipe pages is a brilliant idea.

    Well done.

  • moonlake profile image


    8 years ago from America

    Sounds good. Congratulations on the hub.

  • EmmaMedu profile image


    8 years ago

    Congratulations for the hub of the day!

    I really liked this recipe. Great photos!

  • manthy profile image


    8 years ago from Alabama,USA

    WOW looks like it is so easy I might even could pull it off,thanks for sharing it

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    Carrie Smith 

    8 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    Congratulations on being the Hub of the day! This recipe looks easy but delicious. You posted some great pictures too.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Anamika S Jain 

    8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Wow! This looks Yummy! I shall try with Sugar Free instead of sugar. Thanks for the Recipe...

  • powerofknowledge1 profile image


    8 years ago

    Looks Yummy! Liked the step by step instructions and the pictures. Thanks for sharing and congrats for the hub of the day

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    Thelma Alberts 

    8 years ago from Germany and Philippines

    Congratulation for the hub of the day. This is a great recipe and a very good instruction.Well done. Thanks for sharing.

  • chamilj profile image


    8 years ago from Sri Lanka

    Nice idea! I should try this. Thanks for sharing.

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

    @greatlove - Thank you for the read and sweet comment. Hope you give it a try soon. :)

    @Sweetie - For diabetics, maybe you could just forgo the sugar and use only apple juice. Also, pair it with something diabetic-friendly like whole-wheat bread or high-fiber crackers. :)

    @Simone - Sigh.....I wish my editors on the other site would appreciate my writing and ideas like you do. :)

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    Simone Haruko Smith 

    8 years ago from San Francisco

    Waaaah! Apple jam!!! I've never tried any before... it sounds delicious! I shall have to give this recipe a try. All I have to do is get my hands on some sort of masher, and I'm all set!

    I love the recipe and your helpful photos. Sigh... another awesome Hub by Om Paramapoonya....

  • sweetie1 profile image


    8 years ago from India

    Looks very tasty but unfortunately we have diabetics in home so we hardly ever use sugar things like jams but may be one day i would love to make this when i m on my own or have my own home.

  • greatlove profile image


    8 years ago from Beaufort, NC

    Great Hub, loved the step by step instructions and pics. Looks yummy, I'm going have to try it. I voted up:+) thanks for sharing.

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

    Thanks so much, KoffeeKlatch. :)

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    Susan Hazelton 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Om, your opening make my mouth water. Love the step by step with the picture. Great job. Up and useful. Bookmarking for later use. Thanks.

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

    Thanks! I'm actually gonna make some more jam this week. Not sure what kind, though. Depends what I find at the farmers market today. hehe :)

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    8 years ago

    Love your presentation and the apple jam looks delectable. Mmmm...I want some on my toast. Rated up.

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

    Dear my "old" lady, you just have to open a new background layer on Photoshop, then arrange your pics on it. That's all. You will get my vote pretty pretty pretty soon! =D

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    Audrey Kirchner 

    8 years ago from Washington

    Oh man - as usual - your pictures just slay me~ I need someone to show me how to do that kinda stuff. I read and read about it, even watch tutorials - how can one old lady be so dense? Fantastic hub by the way - pictures apples and love lemon - a great combo!

    P.S. Thanks for voting for me, too - it seems like there is another round to this contest so may be calling on you again - now it is the tug-of-war part between the 2 top hubs. That's kinda weird but oh well! I think you can vote between Friday night (tonight) and Monday noon). If you're so inclined~

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

    @Movie Master - haha sorry for making you drool. Maybe I should give away free napkins to my readers. :)

    @deblipp - And it tastes delightful too! :)

    @Eiddwen - Thanks for your sweet comment, Eiddwen. Glad you'll give it a try. :)

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    8 years ago from Wales

    I loved this one and will have to give it a go !!I will let you know how I got on.

    Your step by step instructions are easy to follow so I vote up/useful.

    Take care


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    8 years ago

    This sounds delightful.

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    Movie Master 

    8 years ago from United Kingdom

    Your description of apple jam got me drooling straight away, brilliant photos, I love making jam and have never made this one, so looking forward to giving it a go, many thanks.

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

    @Pamela - Thanks for dropping by, Pamela. Glad you like my apple jam recipe. :)

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

    @Cardisa - Cool! Hope you enjoy it. I like your new profile pic, by the way. :)

    @randomcreative - You're welcome. Give it a try sometime. :)

    @Prasetio - Yes, it is very delicious. Thanks for the read and sweet comment, prasetio. :)

    @SusieQ - No, they're not Granny Smith. I bought them from my local Asian store. I think they might be green Gala apples imported from China. Granny Smith apples will work just fine, though. :)

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I have made preserves and several types of jams, but never apple and it looks delicious. I've kept this recipe. T


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    8 years ago

    You forgot to mention homemade apple pie! I use Granny Smith apples...they may be the tart green apples you're talking about. Yummy!

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    8 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Wow... this was a delicious recipe of jam. Great combination between lemon and apple. I really enjoy all steps bu step in making this jam. Good for breakfast, I thought. Thanks for share with us. Rated up as always!


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    Rose Clearfield 

    8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    It looks delicious and pretty easy. Thanks for including the illustrations!

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    Carolee Samuda 

    8 years ago from Jamaica

    Looks good and yummy. I prefer tangy jams, preserves and jellies than the sweet ones. I am sure I will like this.

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

    Thanks! I also like to make fruit jellies sometimes, but I prefer making jams. There's just a little more leeway in consistency. Glad you like this recipe. :)

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    8 years ago

    I have made homemade apple jelly. But, never thought about making jam with it or adding lemon. I like the way you completed step by step pictures. That's great! voted up and useful


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