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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Crabapple Jelly

Friday was a gorgeous fall day! Perfect for picking crabapples
and making jelly! I've had crabapple trees in my yard for
20 years and never knew they were edible....don't ask me
how that is possible...I don't know! I'd never heard of eating them
or cooking with them. I stumbled across a pretty blog and saw
the recipe from Aimee at Under the Highchair.
One basketful barely made a dent in the amount of
crabapples on one tree! And I used the "green canning method" again from Sandy at 4 Reluctant Entertainers that I talked about the other day....wow...so easy! And the jelly is delicious!

28 comments:

  1. Is it tart? I've always imagined that crabapple jelly is tart because crab apples are so tart. Mmmmm, I would love to try some!

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  2. So, the recipe called for a lot of sugar. It is very mild! Not at all what I was expecting! I thought it would be tart, too!
    I loved the color! MG...come on up...I'll put the kettle on! :)

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  3. Please set another place for me. I promise I won't get much. It looks so delicious! I'll bet the boys will love it. Isn't it neat how we learn so many things from our blog buddies?

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  4. Trish ~ sure, come on over...Modgirl won't mind scooting down a seat...and I'll add more water to the kettle! ;)

    Yes, it's great the things I've learned from my blogfriends! Who knew this could be so much fun!

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  5. I love the color too!

    The other day Boo told us that he is going to go to college in Ohio. A few weeks ago he said that he and Tukes and their wife (singular, ahem, we have some educating to do!) are going to live in Ohio when they grow up. He has a fascination with Ohio because we lived there before he was born and it snows there. Funny.

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  7. That jelly looks gorgeous. Mine always turns out pale yettlow, I wonder if I pick them too early? I will have to go read the 'green caning method' post as that sounds interesting. I did a post over on my Chez Aspie blog about 'Thanksgiving day' and this ahppy post owuld have fit in nicely there, wish I'd read it before today. xo

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  8. MG ~ That is so cute! I remember being a freshman in college here and had a friend from the south that had never seen snow before. She was just thrilled when we got several inches in one day. When they get to the marrying age you'll have to remind the boys that at one time they had planned on sharing one wife! ;)

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  9. Andy Guo ~ hey, thanks for coming by and commenting...I'll be over to your blog later today! :)

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  10. DJ Kirby ~ are your crabapples yellow? I made this from the red ones, but I do have a golden crabapple tree. I was just telling The Mister this weekend that I'd like to try jelly from them and I thought it would be a golden color. That would be beautiful for fall!

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  11. The color is beautiful! I have tons of them, too, and never made any jelly. I should give it a whirl!

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  12. Hmmmm, YUM...I am off to make a piece of toast...wish I had some jelly...I said it before but I will say it again...this GREEN method of canning is AMAZING! So easy! Enjoy your jelly!

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  13. DEEElish. :) Well done! I've never made jam or anything like that. Must try it sometime.

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  14. Mmm that does look good such a wonderful colour.

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  15. betsy, your photos are just wonderful. i've never tried crabapple jelly but yours looks great! funny that you and i both posted photos of crabapple trees on the same day!

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  16. I didn't know that they were edible either! The name crabby is quite a deterrent!

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  17. What a glorious, shimmering colour - redolent of fall. We used to eat them straight from the tree when we were kids and just wait for the pucker factor to kick in! I could sidle up right now for a piece of toast and tea!

    I was curious about the etymology of this word so I hope you won't be too bored by the following:

    The crab apple is actually the wild apple, source of all domestic apples grown today. There are two thoughts about the origin of crab in this sense. The first notes that the Scottish form is scrab or scrabbe, seemingly from a Norse source, as there is Swedish skrabba “fruit of the wild apple tree.” This would suggest that crab and crabbe are aphetic forms of a much older word. The other possibility is that it derives from crabbed, which itself means, etymologically, “crooked or wayward gait of a crab” and the several figurative senses that follow from that (disagreeable, contrary, ill-tempered, or crooked). One of those senses might have been applied to the fruit of the crab apple: not right, not pleasant, ill-flavoured (because crab apples are very sour and astringent).

    From "Take Our Word For It" Website

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  18. Looks scrumptious...I'm so impressed with all your canning. You're going to have a wonderful winter at your house.

    You took away the lovely apple header...what's up with that? :)

    ~ Kayren

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  19. My mom always told me those were poisonous. She probably just didn't want me picking them! :)

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  20. Did you have to peel all of those...cause that is what my mother used to make my sister and I do every year. Ours weren't quite as small as yours, but they had worms in them sometimes....UGH! But the jelly she made was yummy. I bet yours is too.

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  21. That brings back memories. My grandma use to make apple jelly. It was clear like yours in the picture...but had a pinkish color. I liked it...but my favorite was apple butter...yum!

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  22. Suza ~ Oh, I love the etymology...isn't that interesting! I was wondering as I picked them why they were called crabapples!

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  23. Karyn ~ don't you like my little crabapple on my header? LOL I still have the apples, so they will probably make a comeback. :)

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  24. Christy ~ See..I wasn't the only one! All those wasted crabapples over the years!

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  25. Looks wonderful and what a nice surprise to be able to enjoy your tree's harvest thsi way!

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  26. I hear crabapple jelly is the best!! and, also, i love the new colors and look of your blog. you know how much i love gray!!

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  27. Yeah! I am glad it was a success! I would love to try some or get the recipie?

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