Crabapple Jelly | Recipe

Hello friends!
This is not my pantry, my own pantry isn't as attractive as this so I have used a free image from Pixabay. Seriously though: Goals.

If you didn't see it already, catch up on my post regarding Foraging for Crabapples here.
If you already have your crabapples then continue reading!
Crabapple jelly is a wonderful addition to a roast dinner, it tastes great with roast chicken or pork! It can also be eaten with cheese and crackers, there are just many, many uses for it and it's so easy to make!
To make this recipe you'll need a preserve pan and a jam strainer.


  • Crabapples (as many as you can forage!)
  • Sugar (depending on how many crabapples)
  • water
  • Juice of 1 lemon


  1. Wash your crabapples well and remove any debris (IE leaves and extra long stems). There is no need to chop, peel or core the crabapples.
  2. Put the whole crabapples into a preserve pan and fill with enough water to just cover the fruits. Bring to the boil and then simmer until the fruit is soft (usually 20-30 minutes depending on when your fruit is harvested).
  3. Allow to cool for a little while and then put the whole mixture into a jam strainer over a bowl. Leave to strain overnight and don't be tempted to squeeze the fruit or press down on it as this leads to cloudy jelly!
  4. The next day, measure how much liquid you've collected in your bowl. Pour back into your preserve pan and add 450g sugar for every 600ml juice collected. Also add your lemon juice. Stir the sugar in well and bring the whole mixture to a full rolling boil for approx. 40 minutes, skimming froth off the top as you go.
  5. Test for a set (if it's not quite ready then boil for a bit longer). When the jelly has reached setting point, pour into hot, sterilised jars and label.
Just a quick note, if this is your first time making Crabapple jelly and you get a bit concerned about the colour, don't worry, it turns pink during the last boiling stage!

I hope you enjoy creating this recipe, it makes a great Christmas present/birthday present and stores for a long time!

I'd love to see your pictures!

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