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Recipe by: Lisa Prince

Fresh Apple Preserves

These preserves are great on biscuits or toast but I like them on a cracker with brie cheese and a touch of honey for an appetizer. Remember, you control the sugar.

Servings: 3 – ½ pint jars
Cook Time: Prep Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes; Total Time: 3 hours
Meal Type: Appetizer
NC Ingredients: apples

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Tablespoon salt
small or 5 large NC Golden Delicious apples (8 cups)
Tablespoons lemon juice
gallon water
cups sugar


Dissolve salt in water in a large bowl and set aside.  Peel, core, and cut apples into ¼ inch thick wedges to make two quarts.  Place in salted water; let stand five minutes then drain. Sprinkle sugar over apple slices; stir gently.  Let stand for two hours.

Add lemon juice to apples and cook over medium heat for 30 to 35 minutes or until thickened, stirring often. Quickly spoon preserves into 3 – ½ pint sterilized jars, leaving ¼ inch head space and wiping the jar rims.  Cover once with metal lids, and screw on bands.  Then process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes.


Recipes found on this page are from Got to Be NC members, staff, industry partners and Stove Side Chats. Stove Side Chats is Got to Be NC’s cooking show hosted by restaurant marketing specialist Chad Blackwelder. This series invites chefs and home cooks from around the state to teach you how to cook with in-season North Carolina deliciousness.