It has good scab resistance. Bring to a simmer.
Wash the crab apples.
Best crab apple tree for jelly. Anything smaller is a crab apple. Put the crab apples in a saucepan and cover with water. Add sugar stir until sugar is dissolved.
Measure the juice and add the sugar. Clip on a candy thermometer. Put crab apple juice in a large sauce pan.
The best crab apples for jelly posted on march 8 2017 by pomona fruits not only do ornamental crab apples malus make perfect decorative garden trees but their fruits can be used to produce the most wonderful jellies despite their very astringent taste if eaten raw. Jar of homemade crabapple jelly on the grass under a crab apple tree. Like their big brothers crab apples are edible although they tend to be less sweet even astringent.
Bring to a simmer and let cook for 10 minutes. Squeeze the lemon and add to the juice and sugar. Lid lifter jar lifter canning ladle funnel and bubble popper.
My wifes favorite part is the skin. Cook to gelling point or until gel sheets from a spoon 220 degrees f on a candy thermometer at sea level. Malus harry baker is a newish variety with big pink flowers and large ruby red pink fleshed fruit that is widely deemed to be the best for making crab apple jelly.
In fact i add a little crab apple to my marmalade to help it set. Cook for 10 minutes. This recipe is simple and crab apples contain so much pectin that it usually sets very well.
Pour into sterilised jars and seal. Strain the apples and juice through 2 or 3 layers of cheese cloth. Pour into jars let cool and keep refrigerated for up to 6 months.
The apples should soften and change color. You should have at least 4 cups of juice. Cook until the temperature reaches 220 degrees skimming foam.
If i wasnt having so much fun eating them i know they would make an excellent apple jelly or butter. Plus basic kitchen supplies such as a large sauce pot small pot towels potato masher. Skim off any foam that comes to the top.
We both think apples that have brown or russetting on them make for the best skin. For the birds and for making jelly. Jelly makers should pick a crab with fruits closer to two inches.
Instructions for crab apple jelly. Place juice in a saucepan over medium high heat. Malus trees with fruits larger than two inches in diameter are apples.
Bring to a boil over medium high heat stirring constantly. How to make crab apple jelly steps pick the crab apples. Discard pulp and pour the juice back into the pan.
I made the mistake in 2013 of only tasting the chestnut crab at whole foods and not buying a bag.