Apple Jam

When I told Oscar I was going to make apple jam for him his eyes opened wide and he said “I didn’t know you could make apple jam!”.    I have previously made apple and pear jam (which Oscar just thinks of as pear jam), but this time I wanted to make just apple jam.  I found this recipe on Indian Food Forever, and didn’t have to change any ingredients, just a little change to the method – I used a cook top instead of a fire :).  The verdict?  One bite of his apple jam on fresh bread and Oscar exclaimed “DELICIOUS!”.  I think it tastes pretty good too, and if moderate salicylates are tolerated it makes a good change from pear jam.


Apple Jam

Serves 3 cups
Prep time 1 hour, 20 minutes
Cook time 40 minutes
Total time 2 hours
Allergy / Intolerance Amines, Artificial Addititives, Artificial Colours, Dairy, Egg, Glutamates, Preservatives, Salicylates, Wheat
Suitable for RPAH Elimination Diet - Moderate Chemical, Salicylate Challenge
Meal type Condiment, Sweet Things
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Region Indian
Website Indian Food Forever
Very easy, lovely apple jam.


  • 1kg Red Delicious apples
  • 750g white sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon citric acid


1. Peel, core and thinly slice the apples.
2. Cook the apples in the water over a moderate heat until tender, approximately 20 minutes.
3. Add the sugar and citric acid and stir over high heat until the jam sets when tested, approximatley 1 hr. The syrup will be thick and orange in colour and the apple pieces will appear translucent.
4. To test the jam place a small plate in the freezer for 5 minutes. Pour a teaspoon of hot jam onto the plate then place it back in the freezer for another 2 minutes. Take the plate out and run your finger through the centre of the jam. If the jam doesn't immediately flow back into the line you created, the jam is set. If it's not set keep cooking the jam and re-test every 5 minutes.
Allow the jam to cool slightly and then pour into sterilised jars and leave. Allow the jam to set in the jars one day before opening.
Apple Jam


Moderate Salicylates, Low Glutamates, Low Amines



Coming Up Next Time: Layered Apple/Pear Loaf


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