This is a great way to make use of small fruit or pieces leftover from other projects.
Step 1: Sterilizing
Start by sterilizing your jars, lids, rings, and tools by submerging them in boiling water for several minutes.
Step 2: Making a Syrup
Add to a large pan one and a half cups water and two cups apple cider vinegar. Then add six cinnamon sticks and a teaspoon of cloves. Add five cups sugar. Mix all together and bring to a boil. Let simmer at least ten minutes.
Step 3: Mint an Optional Step
I like the taste of the pickles with mint, but my wife doesn't like the mint ones on hamburgers. So depending on your preferences, you decide.
Step 4: Peel and Core Your Apples
You'll need to peel, core, and slice your apples. Try to get your slices about as thick as a hamburger chip pickle would be. This is a great way to get rid of small apples.
Step 5: Combining the Ingredients
Fish one of the cinnamon sticks out of the syrup. Place it in the jar with the apple slices. Ladle the syrup over, leaving about a third of an inch head space. A few of the cloves in the jar won't hurt, but a lot can get too strong.
Step 6: Canning
Put a lid on the clean rim of your jar. Snug down a ring. Then submerge in the hot water bath.
Step 7: Boil for Thirty Minutes
After the water has resumed a rolling boil, process for thirty minutes. Then remove the jars.