Crabapple Jelly Recipe

This post is linked to Allergy-Free Wednesdays and Gluten Free Fridays.

I am in love with this lower-glycemic crabapple jelly.

Last week the boys, my brave friend Hannah, and I did some raiding or—rather—foraging at dusk of a loaded crabapple tree down by the kids' school.

[Yes, you can eat crabapples]

We just had to do it. The fruit these trees put out is exceptional. They are palatable green-apple-tart (not all crabapples are so always sample the fruit) and were there for the taking—and for the making_of crabapple jelly.

Fresh piced crabapples. Fresh pressed crabapple juice.

I ended up doing it a little differently. For this jelly I used a reduced measure of coconut sugar. The result was a darker, tart, mildly sweet jelly that I can't get enough of. It reminds me of the guava jelly my mom makes. So good!

Thank you dear Laurel V. for digging out your Pre-WWI worn and tattered copy of The Settlement Cook Book 1903 which inspired this jelly makin' project. I ended up ordering the cookbook and found it quite entertaining and useful.

A smear of Earth Balance buttery spread and crabapple jelly atop our favorite Food for Life yeast-free, gluten-free, egg-free, soy-free and vegan bread.

CRABAPPLE JELLY

Ingredients:

Crabapples
3/4 cup COCONUT SUGAR or other granulated sugar
2 tablespoons PECTIN

Directions:

  1. Using a juicer, juice enough crabapples (about 1-1/4 pound?) to yield 1-1/2 cups crabapple juice.
  2. Add juice to a medium pot. Gradually stir in pectin.
  3. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil over high heat.
  4. Stiring constantly, add coconut sugar, stirring to dissolve.
  5. Return to full rolling boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  6. Remove from heat. Skim off foam if necessary.
  7. Transfer to glass jar and refrigerate.

Notes:

Mind you, this is my way of doing it (I used pure juice, no addition of water). If you want to go with the experts, here's a fantastic Pectin Calculator for making jams and jellies.