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Selecting, Preparing and Canning Fruit

Spiced Apple Rings

  • 12 lbs firm tart apples (maximum diameter 2-1/2 inches)
  • 12 cups sugar
  • 6 cups water
  • 1-1/4 cups white vinegar (5%)
  • 3 tbsp whole cloves
  • 3/4 cup red hot cinnamon candies or 8 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp red food coloring (optional)

Yield: About 8 to 9 pints

Please read Using Boiling Water Canners before beginning. If this is your first time canning, it is recommended that you read Principles of Home Canning.

Procedure: Wash apples. To prevent discoloration, peel and slice one apple at a time. Immediately cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices, remove core area with a melon baller and immerse in ascorbic acid solution. To make flavored syrup, combine sugar water, vinegar, cloves, cinnamon candies, or cinnamon sticks and food coloring in a 6-qt saucepan. Stir, heat to boil, and simmer 3 minutes. Drain apples, add to hot syrup, and cook 5 minutes. Fill jars (preferably wide-mouth) with apple rings and hot flavored syrup, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Adjust lids and process according to the recommendations in Table 1.

Table 1. Recommended process time for Spiced Apple Rings in a boiling-water canner.
  Process Time at Altitudes of
Style of Pack Jar Size 0 - 1,000 ft 1,001 - 6,000 ft Above 6,000 ft
Hot Half-pints
or Pints
10 min 15 20



This document was adapted from the "Complete Guide to Home Canning," Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 539, USDA, revised 2009.

Reviewed November 2009.

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