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Crab apple jelly

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Plus time to strain overnight.

Servings

Serves 1 - 6 Jars

Use the crab apples from the garden - they're not readily available commercially - to make this delicious recipe

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Ingredients

  • 4 kg crab apples
  • 1 kg caster sugar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Makes 6 x 500ml jars - or use these proportions.

Method

    1. Wash the apples, removing any bruised fruit. Put in a saucepan, fill with water to just cover the apples.
    2. Bring to the boil and simmer until the fruit is soft (about 30 minutes).
    3. Pour the pulp into a jelly bag or several layers of muslin and let drip overnight into a pan. Do NOT squeeze the bag or it will make the juice cloudy.
    4. The next day, measure the juice, and add sugar in the ratio of 10 parts juice to 7 of sugar. Add some lemon juice, then bring to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
    5. Keep at a rolling boil for 40 minutes, skimming off the froth. To test the set, chill a dessertspoon in the refrigerator.
    6. When the jelly is set, it will solidify on the back of the spoon. Pour into warm, sterilised preserving jars and tightly seal while still slightly warm. Store in a cool dark place.

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bendigeidfran's picture
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The jelly was very easy to make and tastes pretty good. I followed the recipe exactly and put in the 10:7 sugar ratio which has made the jelly too sweet. I will add less sugar in future.

Arkdove's picture
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I'll try it with less sugar then. Thanks.

biroman's picture
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I ended up with too much liquid so adding the sugar was a bit of a guess. If I added the 10:7 ratio I'd have needed about 3kg.

I put about 900g in and reduced it until it began to set.

It turned out great, mine is very strong and only needs a thin layer on your toast.

debikg77's picture

good recipe but stolen word for word from the waitrose website

letardis's picture
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Using John Downie crab apples gives

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