Thursday, August 25, 2011

Crabapple Juice

My Grandpa Jones made the best crabapple juice when I was a kid.  He wrote out the recipe for me years ago, but I have never found the chance to try it out until now, thanks to my friend Kyla and her bountiful apple tree!

1 ice cream pail of crabapples, halved or quartered
18 c. boiling water
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1 1/2 - 2 c. sugar

Bring the water and cream of tartar to a boil while you chop the apples.  Pour the apples into the boiling water and remove from heat.  Cover and let sit for 24 hours.  Strain and add sugar.  Bring to a boil for 5 minutes.  Bottle or freeze juice.
I only added 1/2 c. sugar to see how it would taste, and it was perfectly fine.  At first I thought my grandpa must have been nuts to add so much sugar to his juice, but it turns out the apples my friend gave me weren't crabapples, they were some other kind which aren't as tart.  So I guess it's best to just add 1/2 a cup of sugar at a time and do a little taste testing as you go, so you don't end up with something too sweet.

My kids said this was their favourite apple juice.  The other night I poured it into port glasses and the kids thought it was such a great idea, my daughter has declared that every Tuesday we will drink apple juice out of those little glasses!
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Anonymous said...

Is the apple measurment before or after the apples are cut up? Thanks for the recipe!

Kathy Blais said...

Before they are cut up

Anonymous said...

Thank you. This is a great, simple recipe. I've made this juice for two years now (and counting). :)

Anonymous said...

Do I need to take the cores out?

Kathy Blais said...

No, you don't need to core the apples.

Anonymous said...

Great thx.. I'll let ya know how it turns out

Larry Burdeny said...

Do I have to use creme of tartar? Would it not be the same if I don't?

Melanie said...

Silly question... how big is "1 ice cream pail"? Ice cream here comes in many size tubs. Can you maybe post a ratio of apples to water?

Laraby said...

I think standard ice cream pails are 4litrs, or 1gallon?

Laraby said...

I think standard ice cream pails are 4litrs, or 1gallon?

Polly said...

Absolutely amazing, thank you for sharing! We're going back for more crabapples :-)

Out of interest, I halved the recipe as I was going to use some of the crabapples in a cake. These are the measurements I used (UK): 2.25 litres water, 500g crabapples, 1tsp cream of tartar, 200g castor sugar. I also added a teaspoon of ground ginger and a cinnamon stick to it... Filled 2x 750ml wine bottles, plus a glass leftover for tasting!

Thanks again, truly delicious!


Marc&Ruby said...

My Crab Apple Juice was Red, Smelled like Cherries, and tasted like a cross of cherries and apple juice. I used 1 1/2 cups of white sugar and bottled juice in 4- 1 quart mason jars.

I'm making more. I wonder if this is how the pioneers made juice? it's so simple.