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Easy Crab Apple Jelly Recipe

Updated on August 27, 2011

How to make a tasty fall treat

Crab apples make a wonderful tasty preserve - and that for free! Crab apple trees are growing all over, so look out for one if you do not have one in your backyard. In this time of economic crisis, this is a great way to feed your family tasty jelly for near to nothing. Plus you will improve your home-steading skills!

I fondly remember the preserves my mom made from our backyard trees.

Crab apples are meant to make jelly: they are naturally high in pectin, so there is no need in buying commercially made pectin.

crab apple jelly
crab apple jelly

How to make a Crab Apple Preserve

Easy and Jummy

Wash, then cut your crabapples in quarters. Look out for worms - best to be avoided through not picking overripe fruit.

Put the apples into a large stainless steel pot. Add water to the pot until you can see it and stop before the apples start floating. Then bring the water to boil. After 15 minutes reduce the heat to medium and simmer for another 15 minutes, or until the crab apples change their color and get soft.

Pour everything through several layers of cheese cloth into another pot. Do not squeeze the apple mush; just let it drip into a pot until no more liquid escapes.

Put the pot with the apple juice on the stove. Add 2/3 cups of sugar for each cup of apple juice.At this point you may add cinnamon, cloves, cardamom or other spices of your choice. Bring the apple juice to a boil and boil until the jelly sheets from a metal spoon. Pour into sterile jelly jars and leave about a quarter inch of space at the top.

Place the lids on the jars and the heat of the mixture should seal them. If not, seal them in a hot water bath.

How to make Crab Apple Jelly Video

crab apple flower
crab apple flower

The Healing Crab Apple

Dr Bach's description

This is the remedy of cleansing. For those who feel as if they had something not quite clean about themselves. Often it is something of apparently little importance: in others there may be more serious disease which is almost disregarded compared to the one thing on which they concentrate. In both types they are anxious to be free from the one particular thing which is greatest in their minds and which seems so essential to them that it should be cured. They become despondent if treatment fails. Being a cleanser, this remedy purifies wounds if the patient has reason to believe that some poison has entered which must be drawn out.

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      sandralynnsparks 7 years ago

      Oh, I love crabapple! Thanks!

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      I've never had this. Thanks for sharing the recipe!