Clean the crabapples, remove stems and cut in half. Put into a kettle with the water and simmer 15 minutes, stirring once in a while. Strain through a jelly bag.
Measure out 7 cups of the strained juice into another big kettle. Add the powdered pectin to juice. Bring to a boil over high heat. Then, stir in all of the sugar.
Once you get it boiling again, be sure to stir constantly. Keep it at a rolling boil for one minute. Skim off foam with a metal spoon. Fill hot, sterilized jars leaving a little room at the top. Screw the lids on very tightly and put into a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
This will yield some delicious crabapple jelly, and at first taste you’ll know it was well worth the effort.
You might have juice leftover, and you should save it. It mixes well with other juices for a refreshing drink. You can also mix it with other juices to make a batch of mixed fruit jelly.
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