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Spiced Crab Apples


My first attempt at old-time spiced crab apples... Pulled together this recipe through a mix of various other recipes...

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  • 4 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 (4 inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1 teaspoon whole clove
  • 1 T Mace
  • 1 T Red food Coloring
  • 8 cups washed, drained, and pricked once with a fork crabapples


Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 30mins


Step 1

Combine sugar, water and vinegar in a large stainless or enamel saucpan.
Break up cinnamon and tie up with allspice and cloves in a large square of cheesecloth and add to pan.
Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes.
Add prepared crabapples and return pan to a boil, reduce heat and boil GENTLY for 5-10 minutes.
Remove from heat and let sit overnight.
Pack into clean hot jars to 3/4 inch from rim and add syrup to cover, leaving 1/2 inch head space. Seal according to directions
Process in a boiling water bath for 20 minutes at altitudes up to 1000 feet.


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