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Aug 24, 2012 10:13 AM

Easy way to use tons of crabapples

I know about jelly and juices but is there something easy to do and get the bitter taste out?

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    1. re: ferret

      I don't know how to help you with 'bitter', since it is not my experience of crab apples that they are particularly bitter...sour, yes, but bitter? Is there any chance that the ones you are using are not yet quite ripe? Crab apple jelly will be a bit tangy, is all. Apple seeds are quite bitter, as well as full of arsenic (yum!) so you shouldn't be either crushing or boiling the fruit too enthusiastically, unless you are seeding/coring it first. Um, I make a lot of jelly when I can find the fruit, but I made a crab apple chutney a few years ago that was awesome with pork. From the wording of your header, I wish I lived near your tree since I am having trouble finding a good tree to pick from this year (my favorite tree was cut down this winter, the homeowner got tired of the way it was pushing at a wall on their property...)

      1. re: tonifi

        The ones I have used for jelly were really sour, but not bitter. Some varieties are mainly ornamental (still edible, but much more bitter).

        BTW it's cyanide in apple seeds...and you need about a bushel of them to cause any harm.

    2. We used to have massive crab apple fights, stockpiling apples in the tree house and other hiding places for days, then spending an hour running around throwing them at each other... It never occurred to us (or our responsible adults) that there was any other use for them, except maybe to feed the goats and chickens.

      1. If you really have "tons", you've got a problem.

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        1. re: mrbigshotno.1

          Sooeygun, you're right, cyanide, not arsenic. And I used to know a dog who ate whole apples off a backyard tree, probably eating bushels of seeds in the process, and he lived to be twenty, so I don't think the seeds are a problem, no. Although I gotta tell you, no one ever cut through that yard in autumn, since the dog ate probably ten pounds of juicy high-fiber apples a day, probably get the picture.