Articles & Recipes

Apple Rum Raisin Conserve

October 9, 2018

Simply delicious — a perfect blend of complementary tastes! Toast the nuts, if desired, before adding them.

Ingredients Makes about seven 8-ounce (250 mL) jars

8 cups chopped peeled apples that soften (ie: McIntosh, Cortland, Russet, Gala, Pippin) 2 L
4 cups chopped peeled apples that keep their shape (ie: Crispin, Spartan, Golden Delicious) 1 L
1 cup all-natural apple juice (see Tip) or unsweetened apple cider 250 mL
2 tbsp lemon juice 30 mL
33⁄4 cups granulated sugar 925 mL
11⁄2 cups packed brown sugar 375 mL
1 cup sultana or golden raisins 250 mL
1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts (optional) 125 mL
1⁄3 cup amber rum (or 2 tsp/10 mL rum extract) 75 mL


  1. In a Dutch oven or a large, deep, heavy-bottomed pot, combine apples, apple juice and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes to soften apples. Add granulated sugar in a steady stream, stirring constantly. Stir in brown sugar and raisins.
  2. Bring to a full boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and boil gently, uncovered, stirring often and reducing heat further as mixture thickens, for 20 to 25 minutes or until mixture reaches a soft, jam-like consistency. Test for doneness.
  3. Stir in walnuts (if using) and rum; boil gently for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and let rest for 1 minute. Stir to distribute raisins and nuts.
  4. Ladle into sterilized jars to within 1⁄2 inch (1 cm) of rim; wipe rims. Apply prepared lids and rings; tighten rings just until fingertip-tight. Process jars in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes.
  5. Transfer jars to a towel-lined surface and let rest at room temperature until set. Check seals; refrigerate any unsealed jars for up to 3 weeks.
For longer storage, keep nuts in a glass jar in the refrigerator. Nuts, such as walnuts, that are high in omega-3 fats can easily go rancid if stored at temperatures above 40°F (4°C). Do not use any nuts that have an off or fishy smell. Supermarkets now carry all-natural (or pure-pressed) apple juice, which contains solids. Shake before using.


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