Canning Series: Apples

I love apples and they are a staple in my kitchen.  This year I purchased a bushel of apples from a local apple orchard set up at Street Fair in Yellow Springs.    I saw someone eating a really beautiful apple and asked where she got it.  I then set out on a mission to find the vendor.    I found their booth.  It was a father and son from New Carlisle.  They had many different kinds of beautiful apples.   I purchased two different kinds of canning apples in a mixed bushel.  The young man was kind enough to carry the bushel all the way to my car.   I will seek them out again next year.  They set up regularly on the weekends in Yellow Springs.  I highly recommend them.  The apples are very tasty. Apples are one of the best foods you can eat and are a great source of nutrition.  Here are 10 reasons to eat apples:

Bone Protection French researchers found that a flavanoid called phloridzin that is found only in apples may protect post-menopausal women from osteoporosis and may also increase bone density. Boron, another ingredient in apples, also strengthens bones.

Asthma Help One recent study shows that children with asthma who drank apple juice on a daily basis suffered from less wheezing than children who drank apple juice only once per month. Another study showed that children born to women who eat a lot of apples during pregnancy have lower rates of asthma than children whose mothers ate few apples.

Alzheimer's Prevention A study on mice at Cornell University found that the quercetin in apples may protect brain cells from the kind of free radical damage that may lead to Alzheimer's disease.

Lower Cholesterol The pectin in apples lowers LDL ("bad") cholesterol. People who eat two apples per day may lower their cholesterol by as much as 16 percent.

Lung Cancer Prevention According to a study of 10,000 people, those who ate the most apples had a 50 percent lower risk of developing lung cancer. Researchers believe this is due to the high levels of the flavonoids quercetin and naringin in apples.

Breast Cancer Prevention A Cornell University study found that rats who ate one apple per day reduced their risk of breast cancer by 17 percent. Rats fed three apples per day reduced their risk by 39 percent and those fed six apples per day reduced their risk by 44 percent.

Colon Cancer Prevention One study found that rats fed an extract from apple skins had a 43 percent lower risk of colon cancer. Other research shows that the pectin in apples reduces the risk of colon cancer and helps maintain a healthy digestive tract.

Liver Cancer Prevention Research found that rats fed an extract from apple skins had a 57 percent lower risk of liver cancer.

Diabetes Management The pectin in apples supplies galacturonic acid to the body which lowers the body's need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes.

Weight Loss A Brazilian study found that women who ate three apples or pears per day lost more weight while dieting than women who did not eat fruit while dieting.

It is a good idea to incorporate apples into your diet.    Find an excuse to include them into your meals.

Canning Apples

  • 2 1/2 - 3 Pounds Apples Per Quart (Use a variety of apples for cooking to help maintain shape and texture.)
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Fruit Fresh
Wash, core, and peel apples.  If you plan on canning apples, I highly recommend this handy gadget.    It will save you a lot of time.
Treat apples to prevent darkening.  I use Jarden Home Brands 1440024100 Ball Fruit-Fresh
Combine 3 tablespoons fruit fresh and 8 cups of water.  Add sliced fruit.  Drain and prepare recipe.
Make a light syrup.   2 1/4 cups organic sugar and 5 1/4 cups of water makes 6 1/2 cups of syrup.  Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.  Keep syrup hot.
Drain apple wedges.  Add apple wedges to syrup mixture.  Gently boil apples in syrup 5 minutes.
Heat your canning jars.  I use both Ball Regular Mason Canning Jar 1 Qt., Case of 12 and Kerr 0503 regular mason jar, pint 16oz..
Pack hot apples into hot jars.
Leave 1/2 inch head space.  Wipe rim of jar with damp cloth.
Adjust two-piece lids.   Process pints and quarts 20 minutes in a boiling water canner.
Remove from canner.  Let apples rest for 12 - 24 hours.

City Girl