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Apple and Ginger Jam

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If you're bored of the classic jams, like strawberry or raspberry, then you're going to love this! I've combined the tartness of apples with the warmth of ginger to create a truly adult jam recipe

Written By Brad Archer




I love contrasting flavours, especially in jams, which can take on bold flavours. That’s why I’ve combined the tartness of apple with the subtle warmth of ginger in this delicious jam recipe that you’ll want to spread on just about anything and everything.

Close up of homemade apple and ginger jam

My favourite way to use this is to stir it into creamy rice pudding. Strawberry jam is the go-to option with rice pudding… But that’s because you haven’t tried my apple and ginger jam!

What’s In Apple and Ginger Jam?

The ingredients you need to make this jam are pretty basic. Chances are, you’ve got most of them in the cupboard.

  • 1 kg apples: Of course, you’re going to need apples! Consider the flavour you want from your jam and pick the apple variety accordingly. I love a tart Granny Smith for this jam. The apples will need to be cored and chopped.
  • 400 g granulated sugar: Jam is supposed to be sweet so you’re going to need sugar. You’re cooking this for a long time so granulated sugar will have time to cook down.
  • 2 lemons, juice only: A little acidity will always enhance a jam.
  • 50 g fresh ginger: Don’t hold back on the ginger. You want to be able to taste the warmth! 50 g of freshly grated ginger should be enough.
  • 250 ml water

How to Make Apple and Ginger Jam

Step 1: In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the chopped apples, granulated sugar, lemon juice, finely grated ginger, and water.

Tipping sugar over diced apples and lemon zest in a pot over an electric hob

Step 2: Place the saucepan over medium heat and stir the mixture until the sugar has completely dissolved.

Cooking apples with melted sugar syrup and lemon zest

Step 3: Once the sugar has dissolved, increase the heat to bring the mixture to a boil. Then, reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer.

Apples cooking in liquid, bubbling away in a pot

Step 4: Continue to simmer the jam, stirring occasionally, for about 45 minutes or until the jam has thickened and the apple chunks are tender but still retain some shape.

Apple and ginger jam in a sauce pan near the end of the cooking process

Step 5: To test the jam’s readiness, place a spoonful of jam on a cold plate and let it sit for a minute. Run your finger through the jam, and if it wrinkles, it’s ready. If not, continue to simmer and test again in a few minutes.

Step 6: Once the jam is ready, remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool slightly. Transfer the slightly chunky apple and ginger jam to sterilised jars, seal tightly, and allow to cool completely.

A man taking a spoonful of apple and ginger jam from above on a pink background

Substitutes and Tweaks

If you want to add more warmth to this jam, cook the apples with a pinch of turmeric or a cinnamon stick.

This jam doesn’t just work with apples, pears are also a great option. You could do a 50/50 split too, of course.

Turn this into a chutney by adding more savoury flavours such as chopped chilli, coriander seeds or garlic.

Go from jam to sauce by blitzing it in a blender until smooth, and then use it over pancakes, ice cream or waffles.

How to Store Apple and Ginger Jam

Chances are, there will be far more jam than you’re going to consume in one go. Here are the best ways to store it.

How Do You Store Apple and Ginger Jam in the Fridge?

Store your apple and ginger jam in an airtight container or a sterilised jar in the fridge. This helps maintain its freshness and flavour. Ensure the jam is cooled to room temperature before refrigerating.

How Long Does Apple and Ginger Jam Last in the Fridge?

Apple and ginger jam typically lasts for about 2 to 3 weeks in the fridge when stored in an airtight container or a sterilised jar. Make sure it’s kept cool and away from direct sunlight to preserve its quality.

How Do You Freeze Apple and Ginger Jam?

Yes, you can freeze apple and ginger jam. Use a freezer-safe container, leaving some space at the top for expansion. Freezing is an effective way to extend its shelf life for several months.

How Do You Defrost Apple and Ginger Jam?

To defrost apple and ginger jam, transfer it from the freezer to the refrigerator and allow it to thaw overnight. This gradual method helps maintain the texture and flavour of the jam. Avoid using a microwave for defrosting, as it can unevenly heat and change the consistency of the jam.

Apple and Ginger Jam Recipe

Apple and Ginger Jam Recipe

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Course: CondimentCuisine: BritishDifficulty: Medium


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  • 1 kg 1 Apples, Peeled, Cored and Chopped Into Chunks

  • 400 g 400 Granulated Sugar

  • 2 2 Lemons, Juice

  • 50 g 50 Fresh Ginger, Grated

  • 250 ml 250 Water


  • Combine chopped apples, sugar, lemon juice, grated ginger, and water in a large saucepan.
  • Heat over medium, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  • Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a gentle simmer.
  • Simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until jam thickens and apples are tender.
  • Test readiness by cooling a spoonful on a plate; if it wrinkles when pushed, it’s done.
  • Remove from heat, cool slightly, then transfer to sterilized jars and let cool completely.


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