Slow Cooker Jams


Jenny FloresThis past summer we received an abundance, maybe even an overabundance, of apples. Of course I didn't want them to go to waste and I knew the best thing to do was to find a way to preserve them. Being new to homesteading I was still a little scared of canning. I had only eaten jam bought at the grocery store. Not even the farmers' market. Somewhere in my city life I had been taught that home canning was dangerous. Yes, they made precious gifts, until the recipient ate it and died a terribly painful death. Clearly this was a hurdle I was going to have to get over.

I did some research and I found some great (easy) recipes. I was surprised by the amount of truly helpful people and sites I found online. Apparently a lot of us are trying to live a more sustainable, self-sufficient life. Because I was nervous about the whole process I picked the recipe that looked the easiest. And by that I mean the hardest to mess up. The only bad thing about starting my life as a canner with a recipe made in the slow cooker is I can't come up with a reason to do it any other way!

Finished Jam 

Slow Cooker Jam

5 pounds apples (peeled, cored, coarsely chopped)
1/4 cup water
6 tablespoons lemon juice
2 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Put apples, water, lemon juice and brown sugar in a large slow cooker. Stir to blend well. Prop lid open with a wooden spoon handle. Cook on low heat for 8 hours.

2/23/2015 6:50:40 PM

Good for you! Keep canning. Get the newest canning books, by the canning stuff & a true pressure canner. Mine in an American. Meant for canning, not just cooking. Have canned hundreds of jars. If you're worried about tomatoes, just cook for awhile after opening it.

2/22/2015 11:12:35 AM

Good Article ! Keep canning and trying different things, you will love it! In all my life i have been around canning and never knew anyone who died, this is one of those early examples of government entities vilifying a home process to keep people from being self sufficient. I have know more people to become deathly Ill from buy fast food than eating home canned food ! Good Luck !

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