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8 lbs. Granny Smith apples cored, cut lengthwise into eights (the tartness of these apples work the best and they are dense to absorb the flavors)
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup golden raisins
2 tablespoon grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
NOTE: To prevent your apples from browning while you are cutting them up, you can put them in a bowl where they will be submerged in some form of citric acid (lemon juice mixed with water, etc), just be sure to rinse and drain before you finish the recipe.
*You will need to have 8 jars (pint) sterilized and kept warm to put the fruit and liquid into at the end.
In a large stainless steel saucepan combine apples and sugar. Toss gently to coat the apples. Cover and set aside for 20 minutes. Add the dried cherries, raisins, lemon zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, water and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat and do a gentle boil for 5 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon pack the hot fruit into 8 warm sterilized jars. Leave at least 1/2 in on top of jar. Ladle the hot syrup into the jar to cover the fruit, again leaving 2/3 in from top. Wipe rim, put lid and ring on the jar, tighten. If you will be eating/giving away soon, let cool and then place in frig. If you want to store them, you will need to proceed with a hot water bath.