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Vermont Foliage

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Fall in Vermont means beautiful foliage and crabapples!

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Crabapples

Before making this delicious jam I had never cooked with crabapples before. Usually they are used in jellies rather than jam. When combined with plums they impart a sweet-tart flavor and the color is absolutely gorgeous. A perfect fall jam. Don’t overcook it as both plums and crabapples are naturally high in pectin and this jam thickens considerably after it is cooked.

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Plums

Plum and Crabapple Jam

3 cups of quartered unpeeled crabapples
1 ½ cups water
1 cinnamon stick about 4 inches long
4 cups of sliced blue or purple plums
5 cups of sugar
¼ cup dry red or white wine or grape juice.

Place crabapples, water and cinnamon stick in a very large stainless steel or enamel saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, cover, reduce heat and boil gently for 10 minutes or until fruit is soft. Remove from heat and discard cinnamon stick. Press crabapples though a sieve; discard solids.

Return crabapple pulp to saucepan. Add plums, sugar and wine. Bring to a full boil and boil rapidly, uncovered, until mixture will form a gel, about 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

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Combine crabapple pulp and plums.

Ladle into sterilized jars and process in a water bath canner for 10 minutes.

Makes about 6 cups.

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Plum and Crabapple Jam

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2 comments on “Prudent Pantry: Plum and Crabapple Jam

Mavis on September 20, 2017 7:20 pm

You wrote discard solids and then you then back in the pot. Do you mean the juice in the pot?mavis

Nancy Wolff on September 20, 2017 7:54 pm

Mavis,
You discard the solids that don’t go through the sieve, the juice, which has a consistency of applesauce is what goes back in the pot! Good luck this is one of my favorite jams!

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