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How to Can Brandied Apples


Looking for that perfect homemade Christmas present? Try canning some brandied apples, they are a simply divine dessert and an easy recipe to can yourself at home. Add a red bow to the top and it makes a great Christmas present (that is, if you don’t eat them all yourself, because they are that good) or add a jar to a gift basket full of homemade goods for an even better and frugal Christmas present!

Brandied apples are fantastic in dumplings, strudels, pies and served warm, over the top of angel food cake – topped with a dab of homemade whipped cream. For an unique gift, try using the new blue “Ball Heritage” pint jars and the end result should be a pretty purple looking jar.

Apples ready


Here is what you will need for Brandied Apples:
(recipe from the Ball Blue Book)

The recipe calls for red apples so you get that nice red color when you get it all canned. This is why the recipe does not call for peeling the apples. When I made this batch of brandied apples I was using apples from our trees that we had left over from doing a giant batch of applesauce so they were already peeled, so I used a touch of food coloring to get the color. What you choose to do is up to you, as it turns out I like peeled brandied apples better.

TIP: My aunt always used to tell me never to cook with alcohol that you wouldn’t drink. What she meant by this was not to go cheap on that particular ingredient as it will effect the end product. 

Slice, core and ready your apple rings (I use an apple peeler whenever I am doing more than a couple of apples, it speeds up the process considerably). Treat them with lemon juice to prevent browning.


red apples ready for brandy

Here is the process: (source)

  1. Get the boiling water canner heating up, jars cleaned and sterile and lids in hot water ready for use.
  2. Combine the sugar and water in a large stainless steel saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add food coloring, if using it, and apple rings – return to a boil. Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring occasionally, until apples are slightly tender and, if using food coloring, the desired shade of red, about 5-10 minutes depending on the thickness of your apple slices or rings. Remove from heat.
  4. Remove apple rings from syrup using a slotted spoon, and sit aside in a large glass or stainless steel bowl. Keeping the mixture hot for canning stir in brandy. The reason why do you this at the end is because to do so earlier would cook off all the alcohol.
  5. Pack hot apple rings loosely into sterile jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Ladle hot syrup into jars to cover apple rings leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band until fit is fingertip tight.
  6. Process jars in a boiling water canner for 15 minutes (adjust time for altitude). Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. If anything didn’t seal, check jar rims for chips, replace with a new lid and ring the re-process the jar. 


Filling jars


Enjoy your home canned brandied apples!

Please note: As the title suggests, the finished product will contain alcohol! Also note – there are many recipes on the internet for home-canned brandied apples, any similarities are merely a coincidence.


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I am writer for the American Preppers Network, a small local paper and for my blog, The Home Front. I write articles based on my own experience about emergency preparedness, self-sufficiency, homesteading, food preservation and life around the farmstead. I grew up in a very rural area where I learned to garden, the art of canning, to hunt and fish, and to raise my own animals for food. Yes, families such as mine still do exist! I also spent 6 years volunteering for the local county Search and Rescue group where I learned a variety of survival skills and a little bit about law enforcement protocol. As a general principle do not write articles about information that I have only read - if I am writing about something it's because of I have done it myself and gone to great lengths to provide you with the facts. I also have a full time job with an hour commute - my alter egos are as a Marketing Director, and an amateur photographer. To connect with me --> click on one of the many little square social media buttons below!

3 Comments on "How to Can Brandied Apples"

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  1. Survival Pro says:

    I agree with your aunt. Being cheap with the ingredients will only ruin the quality and taste of the product. Awesome tutorial and very nice pictures!

  2. Wow this is a great recipe! I am going to try this. Wonder if it would work using green apples? Green apples are typically used in pies.

    Have you ever used a pressure cooker or a seal a meal for sealing the jars closed?

    • I absolutely pressure can any food that requires it. On apples – any type should be fine, as stated in the article, the only reason why they call for red apple is for the color, which will leech out of the peels when they are cooked eliminating the need for food coloring. If you use green apples you can just peel them and use food coloring – if the color is important to you.

      I have also used vacuum sealers to to seal jars shut – but only with dried goods. It is not safe to seal jars that contain non-dehydrated food without canning them first.