Preserving your own food means trying new recipes, such as this red hot apple wedges canning recipe.
While it is true, it is a good idea to stick to recipes you know you and your family will eat, it never hurts to branch out a bit.
Why You’ll Love This Red Hot Apple Wedges Canning Recipe
Simply put, it’s delicious!
The cinnamon taste of red hot candies really adds a lot of flavor and the red color does tint the apples, which makes them pretty for the holidays or to serve to guests.
The cinnamon taste it not overpowering in my opinion.
The other thing I love is that these apples are not overly sweet.
It takes just a few minutes on top of the stove to heat them up and serve.
Alternatively they can be used in any type of apple pie recipe.
Equipment You Need To Make This Red Hot Apple Wedges Canning Recipe
- Cold pack canner – also known as a water bath canner
- Canning jar lifter
- Pint canning jars
- Canning lids and bands
- Stainless steel saucepan
- Slotted spoon
- Hot pads
- Bubble popper or butter knife
- Apple wedger and corer
The Decision To Make This Red Hot Apple Wedges Canning Recipe
My husband and I heard about a deal on groceries – $15 for whatever you could get into a paper grocery bag – so we went to check it out.
A lot of the items they were offering were fresh fruits and vegetables.
Being a family of two means we eat a lot less fresh produce out of season then what we do in season.
Both because of the cost and because of the amount of waste when we do buy fresh.
However, this deal let me stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables meaning I bought enough to preserve at a reasonable price.
I didn’t want the same old apple wedges and apple pie recipes, so I decided to try this red hot apple wedges canning recipe.
Here is the recipe.Print
Red Hot Apple Wedges Canning Recipe
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 31 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 1 minutes
- Yield: 8 pint jars 1x
- Category: Desserts
- Method: Stovetop
- 24 medium sized apples, cut into eighths and treated to prevent browning
- 2 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 cups vinegar
- 1/2 cup cinnamon red hot candies
- 2/3 cup light corn syrup
- 2 cinnamon sticks, 4 inches each
- 2 Tablespoons red food coloring (optional)
- 2 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- Fill the cold pack canner with water and place it on medium high heat.
- Wash and sterilize the lids and pint jars. Then set them aside.
- Combine the sugar, cinnamon candies, cloves, ginger, water, vinegar, corn syrup and red food coloring (if using it) in a large stainless steel pan.
- Bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat, stirring frequently.
- Add the apples and stir the mixture until the apples are heated all the way through. This takes about 5 to 6 minutes.
- Remove the cinnamon sticks and discard.
- Use a slotted spoon to fill the jars with the apples. Pack the jars to a half-inch from the top of the jar.
- Use a ladle to fill the extra space in the jars with the hot syrup. Be sure the apples are covered.
- Remove the air bubbles and add more hot syrup if necessary.
- Wipe the rim of the jar.
- Center the sterilized lid on the jar and screw the band down until resistance is met. It should be fingertip-tight.
- Place jars in the canner making sure they are completely covered with water.
- Bring the canner to a boil and process the pint jars for 15 minutes.
- Turn the burner off after 15 minutes.
- Remove the canner lid and wait for 10 minutes, then remove the jars, tighten the lids and allow the jars to cool overnight.
- Remove the bands and check the jars the next day to make sure the lids are sealed.
- If the lids are sealed, label and store the the jars in a cool, dark place.
- If the lids are not sealed you can either go back to step 10 and start over or put the jars in the refrigerator and use them right away.
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The Final Results Of The Red Hot Apple Wedges Canning Recipe
This red hot apple wedges canning recipe contains vinegar, so right away my husband said yuck.
I tried it anyway – and guess what?
You really don’t taste the vinegar, especially when the apple wedges are used in recipes.
Of course, he refused to try it until I used the apples in my Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie Casserole – and he just couldn’t resist trying that.
The Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie Casserole was a hit and he didn’t even realize he was eating those apples that had vinegar in them!
I will be making the red hot apple wedges canning recipe again, but the next time I will be using fresh apples off of my own apple trees.
I hope you give this recipe a try – and I do encourage you to make just one batch until you know how you like it.
That way you don’t end up canning something no one will eat.
Leave a comment below and let me know what you think of this recipe and remember to always use safe canning practices!
Q: Can apples be canned?
A: Yes, apples can be canned. Be sure to choose quality apples that are not bruised up, are juicy, crispy and both sweet and tart.
Q: What is the best way to preserve apples?
A: The best way to preserve apples depends on your personal preference. There are six ways to preserve apples. They are:
- By canning them
- Dehydrating them
- Fermenting them
- Freezing them
- Refrigerating them
- Storing them in a root cellar
Q: Is it safe to can apples in a water bath or cold pack canner?
A: Yes it is because apples are a high-acid food.
Q: Is it necessary to add sugar to apples when canning them?
A: The sugar adds flavor and helps the fruit hold its texture, shape and color. It is not a preservative so no, you do not have to add sugar. Plain water or fruit juice can be used.
Q: Do you have to use lemon juice when canning apples?
A: Yes, you do. Lemon juice is added to preserve the apples natural color and to assure the acidity of the finished product. However as in the recipe above, lemon juice is only used to pretreat the apples to prevent browning.
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