My grandma used to make this, and I made it too when my kids were little. It's so yummy on muffins!
* 4 1/2 cups finely chopped red tart apples, about 3 pounds
* 1/2 cup water
* 1/4 cup lemon juice
* 1/2 cup raisins (I used currants)
* 1 package powdered pectin
* 5 1/2 cups sugar
* 1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional
* red food coloring, optional
Sort and wash apples. Remove stem and blossom ends; core but do not peel. Chop apples finely, measuring 4 1/2 cups.
To make conserve, combine chopped apples, water, lemon juice, and raisins in a large kettle.
Add pectin and stir well. Place over high heat. Stirring constantly, bring quickly to a full boil with bubbles over the entire surface.
Add sugar; continue stirring, and bring to a full bubbling boil. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add pecans or walnuts.
Remove from heat. If more color is desired, add 3 or 4 drops of red food coloring. Skim.
Pour immediately into hot, sterile canning jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Seal. Process for 5 minutes in boiling-water bath. Makes 6 or 7 half-pint j
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