Canning Recipes

Spiced Crab Apples
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method

Cooking Directions:
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5 pounds crab apples
4 1/2 cups apple vinegar, 5% acidity
3 3/4 cups water
7 1/2 cups sugar
4 teaspoons whole cloves
4 sticks cinnamon
6 pieces fresh ginger root - (1/2" ea)

Remove blossom petals and wash apples, but leave stems attached. Puncture
the skin of each apple four times with an ice pick or toothpick.

Mix vinegar, water and sugar and bring to a boil. Add spices tied in a
spice bag or cheesecloth. Using a blancher basket or sieve, immerse 1/3
of the apples at a time in the boiling vinegar/syrup solution for 2
minutes. Place cooked apples and spice bag in a clean 1- or 2- gallon
crock and add hot syrup. Cover and let stand overnight.

Remove spice bag, drain syrup into a large saucepan and reheat to boiling.
Fill pint jars with apples and hot syrup, leaving 1/2-inch headspace.
Adjust lids and process for 20 minutes in a boiling-water bath.

This recipe yields about 9 pints.

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