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So one of my girlfriends here in Bancroft (thank you Becky) has three fully mature crab apple trees on her property. Good sized crabapples too! 
The deer come around to snack on the fallen apples but I was able to snag some before they were all eaten!
I found a recipe that I tweaked for a Crabapple Butter. 


A little more time consuming but well worth it. 

In a large pot put one cup water and 4 pounds crabapples, stems removed.

The red skin of the apple gives it a wonderful colour. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and stir occasionally until crabapples are soft.

With a food mill puree the apples until they become the texture of applesauce. You can also use a strainer and force it through with a spoon bit by bit..it gives your arm a serious work out! In only had to do that a for a few seasons of canning before I invested in a food mill!

Put 6 cups of the applesauce back into the pot and add to it:
Zest and Juice of one orange
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 cup chopped raisins

Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens.
Ladle hot butter into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Adjust screw band lids until finger tight. Water can for 10 minutes. Remove jars from hot water and cool. Listen for that pop!  

A great big thank you to the deer for not eating all of the apples...and thank you Becky for snagging me a few bags full!




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