Apple Slices in Light Syrup

For best results select a variety of sweet and tart apples that are crisp and juicy.


  • 19 lbs (8600 g) apples, sweet and tart varieties
  • Fruit-Fresh® Fruit Protector, optional
  • 9 cups (2250ml) water
  • 2-1/4 cups (550 ml) granulated sugar


  • Place 7 clean 1 L mason jars on a rack in a boiling water canner. Cover jars with water and heat to a simmer (180°F/82°C). Set screw bands aside. Keep jars hot until ready to use.

  • Preheating Bernardin® lids is not advised. The sealing compound used for our home canning lids performs better at room temperature than it does pre-heated in simmering water (180°F). Simply wash lids in hot, soapy water, dry, and set aside until needed. Preheating can lead to less vacuum being achieved during water bath canning, and to buckle failures during pressure canning.

  • Wash, peel, core and slice apples 1/2 inch (1 cm) thick. To prevent discoloration, slice apples into colour protection solution made of 4 tbsp (60 ml) Fruit-Fresh® Fruit Protector dissolved in 8 cups (2 L) water.

  • In a large, deep stainless steel saucepan, combine water and sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Reduce heat; simmer 3 minutes.

  • Prepare light syrup of 9 cups (2250 ml) water and 2-1/4 cups (550 ml) sugar. Drain apples and add to syrup; simmer 5 minutes.

  • Pack apple slices into a hot jar to within 3/4 inch (2 cm) of top of jar. Add hot syrup to cover apples to within 1/2 inch (1 cm) of top of jar (headspace). Using nonmetallic utensil, remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if required, by adding more apple slices and hot syrup . Wipe jar rim removing any food residue. Centre sealing disc on clean jar rim. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip tight. Return filled jar to rack in canner. Repeat for remaining apples slices and hot syrup.

  • When canner is filled, ensure that all jars are covered by at least one inch (2.5 cm) of water. Cover canner and bring water to full rolling boil before starting to count processing time. At altitudes up to 1000 ft (305 m), process – boil filled jars – 20 minutes.

  • When processing time is complete, turn stove off, remove canner lid, wait 5 minutes, then remove jars without tilting and place them upright on a protected work surface. Cool upright, undisturbed 24 hours; DO NOT RETIGHTEN screw bands.

  • After cooling check jar seals. Sealed discs curve downward and do not move when pressed. Remove screw bands; wipe and dry bands and jars. Store screw bands separately or replace loosely on jars, as desired. Label and store jars in a cool, dark place. For best quality, use home canned foods within one year.