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three different sized jars of apple pie filling and a smaller jar of apple pie jam.

Apple Pie Jam Low Sugar Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 3 pints
Author: Melissa Norris
This easy apple pie jam recipe is delicious and low sugar, so the apple flavor and spices shine
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  • 8 cups peeled chopped, and cored apples
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries optional
  • 8 tablespoons bottled lemon juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 teaspoons calcium water
  • 4 teaspoons powder pectin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups sugar


  • Peel, core, and chop up 8 cup of apples. I prefer to use a sweet apple so I don't need to add as much sugar. My favorite apple for baking and cooking is a Gravenstein and that's what you see featured here.
  • Place it in a big old stainless steel pot and add 8 Tablespoons bottled lemon juice and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes until apples are soft.
  • Add 4 teaspoons of calcium water (comes in the Pomona Pectin and activates the pectin). Boil for 1 more minute.
  • Add your spices and the sugar mixed with the powdered pectin. Return to a boil and stir constantly (because burnt sugar is so not wanted here) for 2 minutes. You'll see and feel the mixture start to thicken up. Take it off the heat.
  • Pour into clean canning jars to a ¼ inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and add more jam if needed to keep the headspace. Place in a water bath canner, making sure the water level is 1 inch above the surface of the jars and process jars for 10 minutes. Remember, don't start your time until the water is at a full boil.
  • Turn off heat and remove the canner lid, after 5 minutes remove jars to a towel covered counter top and let cool. Check seals after 24 hours, remove bands and wipe down the surface of the jars and store in the pantry.
  • You can use ¾ cup of finely chopped dried cranberries. Add them with the calcium water and spices.