Dang, I’ve been all domestic lately! LOL!! My friends and family keep telling me, “Diana, you are becoming quite domestic.” I never quite know what to think of that, lol! I take it as a compliment 🙂 My latest domestic challenge came from Steph Chow’s Jam Exchange. For this exchange I wanted to do something special, something a little different. I’d been thinking about making my own pectin for quite some time after having realized that it only takes apples. Having eyed an apple tree in my neighborhood, I decided it would be the perfect time to make a new friend, hehehe, and make my first batch of apple pectin to use for this exchange. I knocked on my neighbors door and he allowed me to pick some underripe apples needed in order to make the pectin. I walked away with a full bag of apples and a huge smile on my face 🙂

(This recipe makes 4 cups of apple pectin)

  • 8lbs underripe apples or crab apples, sliced. Keep the cores and all!
  • 8 cups water  (1 pint of water for every pound of apples)


  1. In a large dutch oven, bring 8 cups water to a boil.
  2. Add the apples (skins and cores), to the water and boil for 20 minutes.
  3. Stir. Apples should be soft and falling apart.
  4. Lower the heat and simmer for an additional 20 minutes.
  5. Strain the juice through a cheesecloth, tea towel, or t-shirt in a large pot or bucket.

  6. Let this sit for a few hours or overnight, until all the liquid is seperated from the pulp.

Test The Pectin

  1. Add alcohol to a small bowl
  2. Add a spoonful or more of cooled down pectin to the alcohol
  3. If the alcohol turns into a jelly blob, the pectin should jell your jam
  4. If it doesn’t jell, and runs loosely through your fork, you will need to boil your pectin down some more.


  • The pectin can now be preserved by canning in a hot water bath for 10 minutes. Will save up to a year!

Here is a video on how I tested my pectin!

To use:  4 cups of homemade pectin replaces 3 ounces of commercial liquid pectin in most recipes.

This was alot of fun to make. Now I’m anxious to harvest my husband’s crab apple tree at work!!

This post is a part of the first annual Nourishing Jams, Jellies, Preserves and More Blog Hop.

Diana is a mother of three, proud wife, and humbled daughter of God. She finds the most joy meeting with Jesus in her organic gardens. She is completely blessed to be able to call herself a stay at home mom where she home educates her children, joyfully serves her husband, and cooks nourishing, real food, for her family. She loves connecting with people on facebook, google+, pinterest, and instagram.

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