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Desperately Seeking Crab Apples

gardengorilla Aug 7, 2013 04:18 PM

I have a sudden hankering to make my own pectin....anyone have a crab apple tree I can strip?

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    gardengorilla Sep 11, 2013 03:53 PM

    I'm happy to report my sister came for a visit and brought a huge pail of tiny red apples.
    It took some time to pick through them and boil them down but now I have some beautiful ruby coloured Earl Grey Jelly ready to enjoy.
    Thanks to all that responded! The pectin experiment worked a treat!

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      Sneaky Aug 22, 2013 06:51 PM

      We have a tree full in Bowness if you are still looking.

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        gardengorilla Aug 26, 2013 09:48 AM

        I may just take you up on that offer...one of our kids has a football game at Shouldice Wed evening so I may be able to drop by then if that's ok

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          Sneaky Aug 26, 2013 01:57 PM

          Yes. Wednseday is good. Better hurry they are starting to fall off the tree!

          You can reach me at pmreid at shaw dot ca.


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            gardengorilla Sep 18, 2013 08:31 PM

            Thanks for replying...turned out my sister came for a visit and brought me a five gallon pail full of beautiful rosy red but tiny (useless to her) apples. They were just perfect for making pectin.
            I picked through them and was able to make two batches of Earl Grey Tea Jelly.

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        micromud Aug 12, 2013 05:09 PM

        I have 2 crab apple trees and one apple tree to strip oh and a pear tree as well but I am in the far north west arbourlake.
        Its a shame I love to cook but never use any or the fruit my yard supplies.
        That jalapeño apple jelly sounds worth while .

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        1. re: micromud
          gardengorilla Aug 14, 2013 04:57 PM

          I will travel if I need too :)

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          tonifi Aug 7, 2013 04:52 PM

          I found a tree with ripe crabapples on it just this weekend here in Missouri. I have to say this tree must be an early ripener, because the others I know of are still sporting very green fruit.

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            Scary Bill Aug 7, 2013 04:38 PM

            You'll have to wait another 6-7 weeks I'd say.

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              gardengorilla Aug 7, 2013 04:47 PM

              The recipe I have specifies under ripe crab or tart apples.
              I've never tried this before but yeah probably this year apples will be a bit later. My sister's in Sask. looked ready to go...

              1. re: gardengorilla
                Albertagirl Aug 7, 2013 09:50 PM

                Hi Garden,
                I have a crab tree and we probably (likely!) won't use all of the apples. You can come and get some. Not sure how to send a private msg with my info.

                1. re: Albertagirl
                  gardengorilla Aug 8, 2013 12:18 PM

                  ooh sweet!
                  we're pretty far south in the city..Sundance. It might be a while before I can come and pick though.
                  check out www.dishnthekitchen.wordpress.com
                  It's my blog and there is a contact do hickey there :

                2. re: gardengorilla
                  Scary Bill Aug 8, 2013 08:03 AM

                  I'm basing my guestimate on the trees in our yard, and the prior years ripening.

                  Try making a jalapeno crabapple jelly, it's a pretty versatile and tasty condiment.

                  1. re: Scary Bill
                    gardengorilla Aug 8, 2013 12:19 PM

                    I have my heart set (get it?!) on a delicious sounding Earl Grey Jelly....
                    but that one sounds good too! Depends upon how many apples I can pick.

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