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Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby FoodMary » August 3rd, 2012, 9:42 am

Between the two villages in this valley is a stand of crab apple trees by the side of the road.

Every year in Sept/Oct Brian and I have walked over to them and collected lbs and lbs which I then made into crab apple jelly which he preferred to marmalade. My ex-employers at Bodnant always looked forward to it too and served it with roast pork.

I don't have Brian to eat it now and Lady A doesn't travel up to Bonant so often (the younger generation are there more often).

Should I make it this year? Will I have the heart to make it. If I do who's going to eat it?

There must be many of you who find yourselves in a similar situation - children flown the nest, etc.

Maybe I'll just make a few lbs and hope someone will eat it, maybe I should offer it to neighbours.

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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby spotteddick » August 3rd, 2012, 10:04 am

Hi Mary I would make it :tu: will bring back happy memories. I always make jams and chutney's, but very rarely eat them (I have never got into the knack of using sugar substitutes). But they do make super pressies, when Christmas comes around, a nice label and a colour full bonnet, call it Brian's favorite :tu:
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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby FoodMary » August 3rd, 2012, 10:08 am

Bless you Dick - what a good idea. Perhaps I'll get a friend to come with me to collect the apples that will make it easier.

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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby tezza » August 3rd, 2012, 11:34 am

I think if you didn't make it you might wish you had :hug: and as Dick says, it will bring back some happy memories. Collecting with a friend sounds like a good idea. Do you get many folk passing your home? Maybe you could sell little jars of it on a little table outside if so, with an honesty box. Quite a few people round here do that, I always like to stop and see what they have on offer.

Are you able to share your recipe for 'Brian's Favourite'? :) :hug:
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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby FoodMary » August 3rd, 2012, 12:05 pm

i certainly am and you are welcome.

Crab-apple jelly

2 kg crab apples
1 lemon
3 pints water
sugar

You can happily double or treble the amounts if you have a big enough pan!

Wash the apples discarding any damaged fruit. Cut the fruit in halves
Cut off the outer peel of the lemon and keep, cut the lemon in half and extract the juice
Place the apples, lemon juice and peel into a preserving pan and add the water.
Bring to the boil and simmer until the fruit is soft and pulpy
Strain the fruit through a jelly bag over a bowl and leave overnight
Discard the pulp and measure the juice into the pan allowing 1lb sugar to each pint of juice. DO NOT ADD THE SUGAR AT THIS STAGE.
Bring the juice to the boil, remove from the heat and add the sugar, stir until dissolved.
Return to the heat and boil rapidly until setting point is reached (105 C on a sugar thermometer)

Pour into clean heated jars, cover and seal.

Enjoy - it is a lovely jelly and useful as a substitute for marmalade and (I know you are vegetarian) also as an accompaniment to pork.

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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby tezza » August 3rd, 2012, 12:19 pm

Thank you for the recipe. :hug: I have never made a jelly before, this sounds quite yummy. I just asked a colleague if she knows of any crab apple trees around here, and her response was 'What's the difference between a crab apple and a normal apple?' And do you know, I really couldn't answer her, only to say that they grow in the wild and are ugly and gnarly. :?

Anyway, I would like to make this, and said colleague is going to keep an eye out for some trees where she walks her dog.
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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby ianinfrance » August 3rd, 2012, 1:22 pm

And if ever..... we don't have any crabs here in the Corrèze. I've already managed to con my niece into making my Damson jam for me. :mrgreen:
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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby Kavey » August 3rd, 2012, 3:51 pm

I think crab apples are usually a great deal less sweet than eating apples...?

I love the idea to label it as Brian's Favourite or Brian's Crab Apple Jelly, but even if you don't, I think it's lovely to still make something that he loved, I imagine it'll be bittersweet but (and I'm guessing here) I imagine he'd like the idea of you continuing to do the things that gave you both pleasure. Asking a friend to help gather the apples sounds a nice thing to do too.
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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby FoodMary » August 3rd, 2012, 4:32 pm

Thank you all.

Ian if I do make it and we have a Winter meet I'll make sure there is some for you and Jacquie.

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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby FoodMary » August 3rd, 2012, 4:40 pm

Tezza

Watch out for the trees along country roads. The Blossom is just like apple and the fruits are about the size of a greengage or small plum and are usually either yellow or red. I have seen them on the sides of motoways but a bit difficult to collect from there!!

They fruit prolifically and they drop very easily. In about 20 minutes we can collect enough for about 15lbs of jam.

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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby tezza » August 3rd, 2012, 6:57 pm

Thanks Mary. I'm off out tomorrow for a walk with my camera and will keep an eye out for crab apple trees along the way, see if I can find any more foraging opportunites.
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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby ianinfrance » August 4th, 2012, 1:19 pm

FoodMary wrote:Ian if I do make it and we have a Winter meet I'll make sure there is some for you and Jacquie.


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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby earthmaiden » August 4th, 2012, 2:00 pm

I'm glad you have decided to! I find that trying to keeping up family and national annual traditions is something very important, the ceremony of eating the annual Hot Cross Bun or picking the first blackberry is a token gesture that we have reached that point in the seasons and that we are doing something that generations have done before us and setting an example for those to come. You will love having a couple of jars in the cupboard and little gifts are always appreciated.
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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby miss mouse » August 5th, 2012, 10:00 am

I also think it is a good idea to make it as usual. I have a neighbour whose de-stressing activity is jam making, I give her jars and surplus fruit and receive inexhaustible supplies of jam which is wonderful.
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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby suffolk » August 6th, 2012, 8:30 pm

I wish I lived a bit closer Mary - I could offer a good home to any surplus crab apple jelly ;)
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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby FoodMary » September 30th, 2012, 9:47 am

Update on this. Checked yesterday and fruits are just colouring now! Windfalls are green and few. I think it will be a couple of weeks before they are ready. I pass in the car quite regularly so I will know when its time to forage.

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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby suffolk » September 30th, 2012, 9:49 am

Thanks for reminding me Mary - I sometimes see crab apples on the hedgerows between here and MIL's in Lincolnshire - and we're going there on Monday - maybe they'll be ready?
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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby FoodMary » September 30th, 2012, 11:04 am

Possibly Suffs, as I don't think the East of the country has had such a bad Summer as here. Even my Pippins, which have coloured well, don't want to come off when I twist, they need a bit longer too.

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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby suffolk » September 30th, 2012, 11:15 am

It's just dawned on me - Monday is tomorrow :shock: !!!

:idea: I'll put an empty box in the car ....
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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby FoodMary » October 10th, 2012, 10:43 am

When I drove past my crab apple trees at Penmachno yesterday I notice that they had started to fall(the crab apples,I mean), I am away for a few days now but when I get back I shall take a couple of shopping bags and collect as many as I can. I may ask Sheila from a few houses down the road to help me. So, hopefully, crab apple jelly here I come.

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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby FoodMary » October 17th, 2012, 8:31 am

Sheila and I going to Penmachno to pick up windfall crab apples tomorrow. Must check larder to make sure enough sugar.

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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby suffolk » October 17th, 2012, 7:31 pm

How I envy you Mary - what a lovely way to spend a day - and the promise of crab apple jelly in the larder :D
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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby FoodMary » October 20th, 2012, 7:20 am

Well, have two carriers half full of crab apples. Actually collected them with my friend from Oz, Annette. Will be weighing and cutting them in halves later this a.m. and starting the process. Hope they are ripe enough as that makes the colour.

Will report back when finished.

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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby FoodMary » October 22nd, 2012, 10:31 am

I thought at first it wasn't going to set but this morning when I came down and checked it seems to have a good set and clarity. Now I have to label and cap.

Not forgetting a couple of jars for a certain gentleman in France and one for a lady in Norfolk :D

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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby ianinfrance » October 22nd, 2012, 5:11 pm

Innocent whistle..... :kneel: :kneel:
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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby suffolk » October 22nd, 2012, 9:37 pm

:shock: :? :D :bounce: :chops: :luv:
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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby FoodMary » September 9th, 2013, 3:12 pm

This year as I no longer live in the village I didn't think I would be making Crab Apple jelly. However when visiting my dear friend Alison in N.Wales she insisted I go with her and pick crabapples from the trees in her orchard - a goodly amount was picked.

I have been busy starting the jelly off and have the cooked apples in muslin hanging to drip over a large basin. I am so pleased that we here in my retirement complex are holding a MacMillan coffee morning and I will sell my jelly to help the funds.

Ian, if you would like a jar please shout now. Suffs I forgot yours last year, I will keep you one this year, I promise.

This is happy memory jelly :D

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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby tezza » September 9th, 2013, 3:24 pm

:hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: So pleased for you and you jelly success.

Your are a truly brave lady Mary. :kneel: :kneel: :kneel: Well done you for staying up there on your feet and carrying on. Remarkable. Brian would have been so proud of you.

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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby ianinfrance » September 9th, 2013, 3:25 pm

NOW!!!!

Okay? The last was delightful.
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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby FoodMary » September 9th, 2013, 3:52 pm

Yes, Sir!! Two jars will be earmarked. So pleased you enjoyed it.............. it took many discussions and tweakings to get it just right for himself! He ate it every morning instead of marmalade.

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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby ianinfrance » September 9th, 2013, 4:02 pm

Wonderful, thanks so much. Jellies can be quite tricky to get right, can't they. Easy to get them too sweet.
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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby suffolk » September 9th, 2013, 8:06 pm

:drool: :D :woohoo: :drool: :D :woohoo: :drool: :D :woohoo: :drool: :D :woohoo:
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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby FoodMary » September 11th, 2013, 9:37 pm

The first lot is now ready! I have to make it in two lots as I didn't have room to bring my huge preserving pan here with me. I have ten pots of beautifully clear orangy/marmalady colour and perfect set.

I am a happy lady! Must buy more sugar tomorrow.

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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby suffolk » September 12th, 2013, 4:43 am

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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby FoodMary » September 19th, 2013, 7:24 am

Second batch of jelly finished and potted.

Ian, I can offer you either a large jar - the equivalent of two jam pots, or two individual pots. You choose and Suffs can have whichever you decide not to have.

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Postby suffolk » September 19th, 2013, 7:30 am

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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby FoodMary » September 30th, 2013, 2:07 pm

I thought I would just add that my "Brian's Crab Apple Jelly" sold out in the first 15 minutes of the coffee morning :o I found out later that my neighbours Nigel and Carole, who had half a jar that was left over when I potted up, had told everyone that it was the best jelly they'd ever had.

I'm sure that was an exaggeration but it certainly helped it whizz off the sales table :lol: Even the local MP went home with one.

We made £450.00 for the cause............. it all helps beat the dreaded disease.

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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby Seatallan » September 30th, 2013, 2:32 pm

Nice one Mary!! :td: :luv:
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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby FoodMary » November 15th, 2013, 9:04 am

Just as a postscript. My dear BIL came to stay with me for a couple of days and was looking in my preserves cupboard (with my permission) for something to put on his toast and came across a jar of "Brian's Crab Apple Jelly", when I made it I didn't sell or give it all away, kept a couple of jars for the kids (oh, not forgetting Ian and Suffs). "Crikey, are you still making this". he said. "Can I use a jar?".

I told him not only could he use a jar but take the remains back to Brighton with him. So it lives on in the family! I must admit to being left with a warm glow and a tear or two.

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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby suffolk » November 15th, 2013, 9:08 am

Crab apple jelly and a warm glow - lovely :D But keep any saline solution well away from our jar please Mary ;) :hug:
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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby ianinfrance » November 15th, 2013, 9:11 am

I've heard of weeping into one's cups, but snivelling into the crab apple jelly is going a bit far!!!! :lol: :lol:
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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby FoodMary » November 15th, 2013, 12:55 pm

Ian :roll: :lol:

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:lol: I've always felt that a raucous raspberry is the very best way of facing the bad things that befall us. :lol:
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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby suffolk » November 15th, 2013, 4:19 pm

You can give us lessons on 14th Dec Ian - we might need to practise ;)
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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby FoodMary » May 26th, 2014, 1:40 pm

Had a conversation with Alison up in N Wales yesterday, where I picked my last lot of crab apples from their lovely oldfashioned orchard which had two different crab apple trees. She tells me that the blossom has been wonderful and early this year, due to the mild Winter.

I look forward to my Autumn trip up to N Wales to pick the crab apples for my jelly so hopefully "Brian's Crab Apple Jelly" will be born again this Autumn.

Ian - yours and Jacquies names will be on at least two jars - not forgetting Suffs :hug:

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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby suffolk » May 26th, 2014, 2:04 pm

Ooooh lovely - your crab apple jelly is delicious :chops:
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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby Seatallan » May 26th, 2014, 2:42 pm

So glad you're carrying on the tradition Mary :D

I shall think of you come crab apple time. :luv:
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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby ianinfrance » May 26th, 2014, 9:05 pm

Wonderful news, Mary. Can't wait. I've been reserving the 2013 vintage for Jacquie's birthday celebrations, when we have three couples visiting from three continents!!
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Re: Will I make crabapple jelly this year?

Postby FoodMary » July 20th, 2014, 5:15 pm

I have just booked my 3 days up in N Wales to visit Alison (and pick crab apples) in September. We always have a whale of a time visiting old cronies as well as picking crabapples - we also manage a restaurant or two with her lovely OH, Gordon who also services my car whilst I am up there - several birds with one stone :lol:

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