Alright, here's the real McCoy:
1. Peel, halve or quarter apples, cover with water, add a light sprinkling of salt to keep apples from discoloring during the work process.
2. Prepare syrup: Light syrup
: 3 parts water, 1 part sugar; Medium syrup
: 2 parts water, 2 parts sugar (or equal parts).
3. Prepare jars by boiling (wide mouth jars work well vs. small mouth), remove from boiling water as needed (I've also used the dishwasher will great success; clean and hot).
4. Cook apples in water only until they are soft. Do not leave them on too long or they will become mushy.
5. Remove jar from boiling water, fill with apples, add syrup until jar is full to top.
6. Remove any air bubbles. Add jar lids which have also been in the hot water and close lid very firmly.
(From the kitchen of Philip Rice, St. Joseph, MO)
Hope this helps. I wasn't too far off just from memory!