Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Crab or Paradise?

For the first time since we moved in, our crab apple tree gifted us with dozens of tiny, burgundy apples. We saw the first months ago, but knew we had to wait, so we waited, and waited, and waited...until yesterday when they began falling off the branches:

Tiny apples the size of cherries:

Perfect for making pickled crab apples with sugar and vanilla (is it still called pickled if there is no vinegar?). I've never tried it before and these burst, even though I did the whole cold water trick. I looked up how to avoid this, and apparently I should have pierced them with a sterile needle before cooking. Not that it would have mattered since I over-cooked them slightly. Another thing to remember for next time - they cook faster than I think. *grin*

And voila. 5 jars of crab apples, plus one jar of juice to use for drinks and sauces. I tasted the left-over juice and it is sooo good! No wonder they are called "paradise apples" in Danish:

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