Winnipeg has plenty of gorgeous crab apple trees. The problem that many people seem to have is, what can you do with crab apples?

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Crab apples are so beautiful.

One of our volunteers has kindly shared a favourite recipe for how she uses crab apples. Carrie got the recipe from her friend years ago and although she doesn’t follow any exact rules, it goes a little something like this:

A full stock pot of washed apples (sliced or whole), sprinkle with a tbsp cream of tartar and cover with boiling water. Let sit 24 hrs and strain, boil the juice, sweeten to taste and seal in sterilized jars. I don’t have a real recipe, but found a few after a Google search like this one! Very easy!

Please share your crab apple recipes with us – we’d love to try them out!

cooking with apples
Nothing like a cold glass of freshly-made apple juice on a hot summer day.

4 thoughts on “Crab apple juice recipe

  1. I have a similar recipe, in large proportions:

    Put 12 qts water to boil. Add 12 qts of halved crab apples. Once water is boiling, add 2/3 c. Cream of Tartar. Stir in, take off heat. Let sit 24 hours and strain through cheesecloth. Freeze, or (if canning) boil 5 minutes and hot-pack into sterilized jars. Process 10 minutes in boiling water canner.

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