We’ve had one of the driest summers ever where I live, and my crabapple tree suffered for it. I managed to only scrounge about 1.5 L of the tiny fruit today which I decided to preserve. I have no idea if I did this right, so we’ll see what happens in a few months time.
Here’s what I did:
- Picked a bunch of crabapples and them in warm water.
- Set a large pot of boiling water on the stove.
- Set a smaller pot of boiling water on the stove, adding as much sugar to it as possible. I would add a bunch of sugar, stir it until it dissolved, then repeat.
- Took some small mason jars and stuffed them full of crabapples.
- Put a crabapple-filled jar into the large pot of boiling water, then fill the jar to the top with the sugar-water from the smaller pot. Repeated for all jars.
- Let the crabapple-and-sugar-water-filled jars sit in the boiling water for a while.
- Sealed up the jars and placed them on the counter to cool off.
I’m hoping the apples will soak up the sugars and sweeten to delicious treats. We’ll see what happens!