"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Crabapples


My small crabapple tree is full of fruit again.  It doesn't fruit the same every year.  In fact, I don't think there has been a crop in two years. I tasted one this morning, but they aren't ripe enough yet; they leave a pucker, like a velvety taste from the tannin, I suppose.  

I have made jelly and the above liqueur from them.  Don't know what else to make with them.  In fact, I need to go to the garage refrigerator and look to see if I still have the liqueur from the last batch.  I don't remember even tasting or drinking it.  I'm not a drinker anyway, so it is usually given away.  I hope I haven't left the jars under a dark cabinet somewhere, steeping in grain alcohol. Now, I'm worried that I did and have to go look under cabinets.  Oh, and it's a glorious sunny day.

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  1. That could explain tipsy toddlers.

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    1. Or surely, Joanne, I'd have heard them explode by now. Grain alcohol will grow hair on your chest.

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  2. What a great harvest..they are so pretty too!

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    1. They are a nice tree to have. Many varieties and so pretty in the spring. But, have to watch for suckers. They really spread.

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  3. I'm not sure how it tastes, but they sure look beautiful!

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  4. Crabapples are a childhood taste for me. I love them. Crab apple jelly is the best.

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    1. I've decided that's what I will do with them.

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  5. OOH, I like that patio in the post beneath...it looks especially nice in the wet. I haven't canned anything in years. Your musing over whether or not you have stashed some jars in a dark,hidden place put me in mind of an incident. When first I moved into this very old house, the previous owner, an elderly lady, thinking she was being generous, left jars and jars of her own canned "garden" in the pantry for me. The problem was, they must have been there for 10 or more years... it was simply dreadful! There must have been 50 Bell Jars of molded and disturbing mush inside each jar and the lids were all rusted shut so I couldn't even save the vintage jars.

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    1. I have found the same too, Jeri. It was better to dump the jars than to try and open them to whatever was inside. I can less and less now as it is just too much trouble. Especially, pressure canning. I usually give most of it away, so I have decided to do less of it. Now, if I had gardeners, and help, it would be different.

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