ends and stems. I found some interesting websites to help with the process.
Enjoy Crabapples All Year Long
Pectin Test for Jelly Making
Crabapple Juice Drink
Canned Whole Crabapples
So far I've made juice, which is a bit too 'thick' for our liking. Watering it down seemed to make it more bitter, so unfortunately I don't think I'll be canning any to drink. I think it might make a nice blend with oranges, so if I can get a deal before I run out of crabapples, I might try that.
I made and canned pectin, following Canning Granny's example, which took no effort whatsoever. The juice passed the pectin test on the first attempt.
I made crabapple sauce, although the boys preferred the second batch, with a bit more sugar, and some cinnamon.
Today I'll be doing crabapple jelly, which is what I had planned to do initially, but got distracted by all of the possibilities.
The skins, cores and seeds are going out to the turkeys, so hopefully they'll plant a few crabapple trees in their pen. It would be so nice to have another source of free food so close to home! I'll save a few seeds to plant on purpose next spring, too. I might even be tempted to buy a crabapple tree.
And there's still at least another bushel of crabapples left to go. Not bad for urban foraging.