Crabapple Jelly Recipe

Crabapple Jelly Recipe
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  • Prep Time : 30m
  • Cook Time : 40m
  • Ready In : 1:10 h

This crabapple jelly recipe is a real boon if you have access to crab apples.

Jelly may seem like a daunting thing to make but not really. Once you have tried it a couple of times, making crab apple jelly, or any jelly, is pretty simple.

See below for more tips.

Crabapple Jelly

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  • 3-4 quarts of crab apples
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves wrapped in a cheese cloth bag
  • 5 cups sugar


Step 1

Boil the crab apples in a large pot with enough water to cover for about 20 minutes. Mash down and put everything into a jelly bag to drain overnight, or at least for several hours.

Step 2

Measure 5 1/2 cups of the drained juice. Boil the juice, vinegar, cinnamon and cloves for 4-5 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick and bag of cloves. Bring back to a full boil. Add the sugar slowly, stirring all the time. Boil for 30 minutes, stirring often so it won’t boil over.

Step 3

Remove from the heat, stir up and remove all of the foam.

Step 4

Put the jelly into hot sterilized jars and top each jar with melted wax. When the wax has hardened, put the lids on firmly and label.


  • Do NOT squeeze the juice out of the jelly bag to make the process go faster. It will just make the juice cloudy.
  • If you haven’t made jelly before, the wax referred to is a special parrafin wax that you can buy quite cheaply in hardware stores. It is made especially for jams and jellies.

You do need to drain the juice in a jelly bag for quite a while.

One tip though – As I said above, please don’t squeeze the jelly bag to try to get the juice out faster, or to try to get what you think will be a greater quantity of juice. It will just make the juice cloudy and the end result will not be the beautiful jewel-like clear jelly we want.

If you have access to a crab apple tree and have been looking for crabapple recipes, start with this luscious jelly recipe.

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If you like this crabapple jelly recipe but also want to try something just a bit different, have a look at this fig jam recipe.

Crabapple Jelly Recipe

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