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

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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


Om Paramapoonya (author) on August 17, 2011:

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

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 16, 2011:

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. :))

Om Paramapoonya (author) on August 11, 2011:

@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. :)

sagar-chinese from 252-05 Union Tpke Bellerose, NY 11426 Phone: 718 343 4444, 718 343 4448 on August 10, 2011:

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.

Jenny Rose on August 10, 2011:

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!!

Om Paramapoonya (author) on August 10, 2011:

@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.

Om Paramapoonya (author) on August 10, 2011:

@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!

Om Paramapoonya (author) on August 10, 2011:

@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.

Om Paramapoonya (author) on August 10, 2011:

@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.

Zach from Colorado on August 09, 2011:

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

Melissa A Smith from New York on August 09, 2011:

Oo I want to try this

Cloverleaf from Calgary, AB, Canada on August 09, 2011:

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,


Erika Moriarty from Pennsylvania on August 09, 2011:

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

johncimble from Bangkok on August 09, 2011:

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

strickabc from www.bjhacc.org on August 09, 2011:

It looks very delicious, try the next weekend.

lcbenefield on August 09, 2011:

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

Jill Spencer from United States on August 09, 2011:

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

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on August 09, 2011:

Well deserved HUB OF THE DAY! Congrats!

Haven't tried the jam yet but surely will.

JS Matthew from Massachusetts, USA on August 09, 2011:

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 on August 09, 2011:

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 from Marietta, Ohio..... but born and raised in Northern Ohio on Lake Erie on August 09, 2011:

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.

marellen on August 09, 2011:

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

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

Mary Wickison from Brazil on August 09, 2011:

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 from America on August 09, 2011:

Sounds good. Congratulations on the hub.

EmmaMedu on August 09, 2011:

Congratulations for the hub of the day!

I really liked this recipe. Great photos!

Mark from Alabama,USA on August 09, 2011:

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

Carrie Smith from Dallas, Texas on August 09, 2011:

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

Thanks for sharing!

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on August 09, 2011:

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

powerofknowledge1 on August 09, 2011:

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

Thelma Alberts from Germany on August 09, 2011:

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

chamilj from Sri Lanka on August 09, 2011:

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

Om Paramapoonya (author) on July 21, 2011:

@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. :)

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on July 20, 2011:

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 from India on July 20, 2011:

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 from Beaufort, NC on July 19, 2011:

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 (author) on July 19, 2011:

Thanks so much, KoffeeKlatch. :)

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on July 18, 2011:

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 (author) on July 17, 2011:

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 :)

anglnwu on July 16, 2011:

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

Om Paramapoonya (author) on July 15, 2011:

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

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on July 15, 2011:

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 aside....love 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 (author) on July 15, 2011:

@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. :)

Eiddwen from Wales on July 15, 2011:

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


deblipp on July 14, 2011:

This sounds delightful.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on July 14, 2011:

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 (author) on July 13, 2011:

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

Om Paramapoonya (author) on July 13, 2011:

@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. :)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 13, 2011:

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


SusieQ42 on July 13, 2011:

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

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on July 13, 2011:

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!


Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 13, 2011:

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

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on July 13, 2011:

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

Om Paramapoonya (author) on July 13, 2011:

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. :)

leann2800 on July 13, 2011:

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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