Homemade Apple Topping



7 medium “pie” apples, peeled and chopped (use a mix of sweet and tart)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup strong-brewed apple-flavored herbal tea, cold
2 tbsp tapioca starch
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
1 tbsp lemon juice


Combine apples and sugar in a large saucepan, cover and let stand 1 hour.
Place over medium-high heat and stir frequently until mixture comes to a boil. Boil hard 1 minute, continuing to stir frequently.
Whisk together tea, tapioca, cinnamon, ginger and lemon juice and stir into apples.
Reduce heat to a brisk simmer and cook for 1 minute more, stirring.
Pack mixture into sterilized jar(s), seal and process in a waterbath for 20 minutes (pints) or 35 minutes (quarts).

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