Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Crabapple Jelly

I LOVE crabapple jelly. I'm pretty sure I ate half of the years supply when I was younger and didn't know how much time and effort went into making it. My mom sure does love me to have let me pig out so much on it. I put it on my chicken (from a chicken dinner) and it tastes a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Some people like cranberry sauce, I adore crabapple jelly. If you haven't tried it, you totally should.

Ever since moving out, I've had to source out my crabapple jelly for myself. The first couple years, I just bought a couple jars from the farmer's market and then last year, a friend of mine lovingly shared two of her jars with me. But this year, this year I decided to make some for myself!

So I found some friends who had a tree, went and picked a basket full and then started the long labour-intensive job of making crabapple jelly.

First, you have to cut up the tiny little apples and boil them down into a mush like consistency. Then you have to put that mush into a jelly bag or cheese cloth and let it drip overnight.

I had to do that step twice, since I had too many apples to fit all in one bag. So this was a long process.

Next up, making the jelly! I only have one picture from this step because it's too hard to take pictures while trying to make the jelly. But all you do is, sanitize your jars and lids, boil down the crabapple liquid until its the right consistency and then pour into the jars! Okay, so there's a bit more to it but you get the idea.

Even though this whole jelly making process took me three days from beginning to end, it was totally worth it. I made 7 1/2 jars of beautiful crabapple jelly!

I am so proud of myself and they totally make my heart sing. I mean, how can you not just stand in awe of this incredible jelly?

I did good. And now I have my years supply of crabapple jelly to enjoy with each chicken dinner I make.

What's your favourite canned item? Jelly, jam, pickles, relish, fruit? Do tell.

6 comments:

  1. Mmmm , Yum! This reminds me of watching my mother make crabapple jelly. We were lucky and had trees in our front yard!
    My fav jelly would be a spicy red pepper jelly that I make. I was actually crazy enough to make this for our wedding favours (120 jars!)

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  2. Erin - I used to watch my mom make it too, although I never really helped much. Our neighbour had a tree so we could always pick from it. I do plan on planting in our front yard next year, but I know it will be a while before it produces enough to make jelly.

    And I really need to try a red pepper jelly, everyone talks about it. I'm impressed that you made 120 jars for wedding favours! Crazy!

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  3. it looks delish! My FIL has made raspberry jelly each year that is to-die-for, and if we can get our raspberry bush producing next summer, we're going to try! (I also saw corn cob jelly on a TV show tonight - its supposed to be like honey - that may be something to try too!)

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  4. I did not know you loved Crabapple jelly! I also love crabapple jelly! How exciting that you made some, because I also love making jelly!

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  5. Kate - Raspberry anything is to-die-for. If our plants ever produce more than 6 berries, I'm totally making jam. It's my favourite jam of all time.

    Jackie - I love mom's dill pickles too! I wish that our cucumber crop did better this year and we could have made some. Maybe next year.

    Kristy - Yes, I love it. We're like bonded now. :P

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