Crab Apple Banana Jerky – by Naomi

We love when our volunteers share recipes with us! Thank you, Naomi!

Crab Apple Banana Jerky


  • 2 cups crushed banana
  • 5 cups crab apples


  1. Cut away the crab apples and discard the core.
  2. Boil the crab apple pieces in 1 cup water about 30 minutes, until soft.
  3. Puree apples in a blender. Add the bananas, blend.
  4. Place puree about 1/4 inch thick on food dryer leather trays (or use parchment paper); dry for about 12 hours, or until crispy; break into chips.
  5. If you have very tart crab apples, use a higher ratio of bananas. If you have small hard crab apples that are difficult to cut, parboil them first to make them easier to slice and remove the core.

Crab Apple Maple Beverage – by Naomi

We love when our volunteers share recipes with us! Thank you, Naomi!

Crab Apple Maple Beverage


  • 4 cups crab apples (small hard crab apples work especially well)
  • Water to cover crab apples in cooking pot
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup


  1. Boil the whole crab apples until soft, crush with a potato masher and strain.
  2. Discard the cores, stems and skins.
  3. Cool the juice, dilute with water to taste and add maple syrup.
  4. I like to serve with ice, you can also add your favourite liquor.

10 Creative Ways to Use Your Apples – by Christine T

Tired of the same old apple recipe? Looking for unique ways to use your apples? Try some of these fantastic ideas!


  • Apple-flavoured BBQ sauce



      Spice up your meat with the sweet and tart taste of apples. One of my favorite recipes can be found here:


  • Autumn Table Decor/Centerpiece

Dress up your table for fall and feature a variety of apples for your guests. Check out Real Simple for some great photos:



  • Tangy Apple Salsa

Add to a burger, on the side with meat, or enjoy with pita chips. Try this quick an easy recipe by Rachael Ray:



Next Pick & Preserve Workshop – Apple Butter on September 9th!

This is your second chance to make apple butter!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our first apple butter workshop has been rescheduled. This means all you Fruit Sharers have a second chance to attend, make some apple product and take it home with you!

Here are the new details:

Topic: Apple Butter and Freezing Apples
When: September 9th, 2013
Where: St. Mary’s Rd United Church (613 St Mary’s Rd)
Time: 6pm-9pm
Cost: $15

Please email Joanna at to register.

Our First Pick and Preserve Workshop Was A Success!

Our first pick and preserve workshop was a great success!

With five participants in attendance, our facilitator, Camille, led us through the process of making crab apple jelly, fruit leather and apple chips.

Along with hands-on experience, Camille provided us with some practical knowledge about canning and preserving fruit and showed us useful resources for learning more.

Participants were very engaged and interactive throughout. At the end of the workshop each participant took home six jars of crab apple jelly and a container full of fruit leather. All this for the small price of $15 and knowing that your participation helps keep Fruit Share going!

Our next workshop will be on August 23rd at Glenwood Community Centre (27 Overton St) from 11-2pm.

Preserve Workshops!

Wondering what to do with all those apples and crab apples? Have no fear, the Preserve Workshops are here!

The first one will be Aug 10th from 11-2pm at the Magnus Elison Recreational Centre (430 Langside St). The topics will be crab apple jelly and dehydrated apples. $15 per person and everyone will take product home with them.

The next one will be Friday August 23 from 11-2pm, place TBA. Topic will be Apple butter and freezing apples. Again, $15 per person and everyone will take product home.

Participants can preregister for the workshop by emailing

Don’t delay, space is limited!!

The Ups and Downs of Crab Apples: Different varieties and our experiences with them

If you’ve sworn off of crab apples based on some bad experiences – please give this post a read. Not all crab apples are alike! Different varieties have different features that make them great for different purposes.

There are many varieties of crab apples available on the prairies and the list of available varieties changes from year to year, with new introductions continually being added. They are often used for landscaping purposes because of their beautiful blossoms and colorful foliage.

The different varieties ripen at different times. Earlier in the season, most of our requests to pick were for the Rescue variety of crab apples, great for fresh eating, juice or jelly.

Ripe Rescue crabs on the tree

A delicious and easy way to use crab apples

Tired of trying to core your tiny crab apples? Here is a great juice recipe that takes very little effort. The recipe says to cut apples in half, but I tried it out with some very small crab apples and left them whole, stem on and all, and the juice came out great!

Crab Apple Juice


  • 4 quarts (4 L) Crab apples
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) Cream of Tartar
  • 5 quarts (5 L) Boiling water
  • 1-2 cups (250-500 ml) Sugar


  1. Wash Apples, cut in half and place in large stock pot.
  2. Sprinkle apples with cream of tartar and cover with boiling water.
  3. Let stand for 24 hours.

North Point Douglas Women’s Centre Seeking Donations for Street Festival

The North Point Douglas Women’s centre is holding their 3rd annual Austin Street Festival ‘Celebrating the Cultures of Point Douglas’ on Austin Street on August 19th 2012 from 1:00pm-4:00pm in the North Point Douglas neighborhood. There will be a free barbeque, games and entertainment at the Festival, and they are seeking donations of fruit to give away as well. They will accept apples and crab apples.

The centre is located at 221 Austin St. N. For more information or to find out how to drop off fruit, contact Kathryn at 887-1088 or call the centre at 947-0321.

Fruit and nut energy bars

These are a tasty way to use up some apples. Try it out with crab apples or eating apples – any kind works well! This is a great option for anyone with allergies or intolerances and can’t eat normal granola bars (psssst… if you have nut allergies, just substitute the nuts with seeds!).

healthy raw recipe

It doesn't look like much, but it sure tastes good!

They’re also a much healthier snack for kids to enjoy in their lunchbox, now that it’s back to school.


– 2 apples, cored and chopped

– 1/2 cup each sunflower seeds, walnuts and raisins (or any other combination of nuts, seeds and dried fruit)