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#1 of 3 Old 08-11-2010, 09:04 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Anyone got any good tips? I have a big bowl of crab apples I just picked and would like to make some jelly but have never done it before.

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I've never made crab apple jelly, but I do make all of our jam and jelly. Are you planning to use commercial pectin, or make the jelly from scratch without? From what I understand, crab apples have a lot of pectin in their skin, so you should be able to get it to gel fairly easily without purchased pectin.

Are you planning to can the jelly jars when you're done? I really like this site for canning resources, and here are their crab apple jelly instructions:

http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/how/can_07/...ple_jelly.html
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If you're doing any more than 6 cups of fruit then break it into 2 pots so it cooks evenly, stir often and take care to cook it just enough so the pectin doesn't overcook and loose it's gel. Enjoy, it's so satisfying using your own jelly.
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