Monday, October 17, 2011


Following on from yesterday's State Fair post ..... this was supposed to have been part of that same post, but blogger decided it had other plans, and wouldn't download the pictures!!!
After looking at row upon row, of bottled veggies, preserves and jams, I came upon the jellies - I was captivated by their colors and clarity. Not a spot of fruit pulp to be found in them. That was it - the challenge had been laid down - so, 5lbs of crab apples in hand, I got to it. Jelly has sealed it for me - I was born in the wrong era!!! The process of turning a bag of teeny, tiny, pink apples into the most gorgeous, pink, clear jelly has me enthralled - there was something very pioneer about it. My favorite part of the process - spooning the perfectly cooked apple pulp into a muslin bag (which I made using a flour sack dishtowel), hanging it, and watching as that juice, drip...drip...dripped into a glass bowl, undisturbed for 4 hours. A process not to be rushed, else you risk contaminating that clear juice with fruit pulp.The final result - jars of pink gorgeousness .... and it tastes yummy too.

Isn't it pretty?

I think pork chops will be on tonights dinner menu - Homemade Crab Apple Jelly may just be the perfect accompaniment:-)


  1. delicious, I'm sure!

    Wow...Kudos to you sweetie!

  2. Your jelly looks delicious. I know what you mean about being born in the wrong era. I feel that way too. My husband nicely told me I have a lot of "old lady" habits like canning, knitting, crafting and sewing. He's wondering what I will do when I'm actually an old lady!

  3. You are amazing! I am absolutely mesmerized by your Blog and all the beautiful things you make and create. Thank you for sharing!