If you’re intimidated by making your own jam, try apple jam first. Apples cook down into jam easily, have a great flavor, and they’re easy to prepare. Select your favorite apples and decide if you’d like to make a pure apple jam or, try a variation on apple jam where you add ginger, honey, or cranberries. Once you’ve made your jam, store it in the fridge for immediate use or process it so you can keep it for up to one year.

Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Cook Time: 1 hr 10 mins


  • 1 kg apples – cored and chopped
  • 1 kg sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon – powdered (optional)


1.Put the apples in a steel or glass container, cover with water and keep overnight.

2. Transfer to a heavy-based sauce pan, bring to a boil and cook till soft.

3. Strain through a soup strainer or blend and strain.

4. Put back onto the stove and bring to a boil again and cook, stirring to avoid scorching.

5. When slightly thinner than jam consistency, add the sugar, lemon juice and dalchini.

6. Lower the heat and keep stirring till sugar is dissolved (not letting it coming to a boil before that).

7. When sugar is dissolved, bring to a boil and cook, stirring all the time (else it will caramelize at the bottom and change flavour).

8. When a drop placed over a cold surface sets, the jam is ready.

9. Store in sterilized, airtight jars.