Homemade Apple Pectin

Homemade apple pectin recipe

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Straining overnight: 8 hrs
Total: 9 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 64 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
2 Calories
0g Fat
1g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 64
Amount per serving
Calories 2
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 1mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Jams and jellies need a substance called pectin in order to gel. Some fruits are naturally high in pectin, but others are lacking. Adding commercial liquid or powdered pectin is one way to get a low-pectin fruit jelly to gel. But you can save money by making an equivalent product from apples.

Homemade liquid pectin can be made from apple scraps, meaning the cores and peels. Just stockpile these in the freezer until you have enough for the recipe. Be sure to use organically grown fruit if you are using the peels. Keep in mind that tart, under-ripe apples contain more pectin than sweet, ripe ones.


  • 2 quarts apples (cores and peels, or whole apples chopped into 1-inch chunks)
  • 1 galllon water

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for apple pectin
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  2. Place the apples in a large pot. Add enough water to not quite cover the apples. Bring to a boil.

    Place the apples in water
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  3. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the apples are getting mushy, This can take as long as an hour.

    Reduce heat
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  4. Strain overnight through a jelly bag or through a colander lined with several layers of cheesecloth. Compost the pulp left in the bag or colander. The slightly thick liquid that strained through is your apple pectin.

    Strain through a jelly bag
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  5. Use in your homemade jelly or jam.

    Use homemade jelly
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  6. Enjoy!


  • For future use, you can either freeze it or can it. To can it, heat the strained pectin just to a boil. Pour into clean pint canning jars, leaving 1/2-inch of head space. Secure the lids, and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes (adjust the canning time if you live at a high altitude).

Uses for Apple Pectin 

  • Use your homemade pectin to make jelly with low pectin fruit. Combining equal parts low pectin fruit juice and an equal amount of homemade pectin. Measure the combined liquid, and then follow a jelly recipe for how much sugar and acid (usually lemon juice) to add.

  • Use about 1/4 cup apple pectin per cup of fruit for jams. For jellies, use 1/4 cup apple pectin per cup of fruit juice. Measure the combined pectin and juice and add an equal amount of sugar.

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