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 certainly gives your arm a serious work out! I 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!