I have a crabapple question, for those of you who are experienced in preparing them. I've always wanted to make use of my crabapples, but just never have. I decided to try it, and last week went out to pick some, because they looked "ripe". Idk how they are supposed to look, except that they were pretty big (like large marbles, as big as they usually get), they were turning red, and the tree was bowing. Some had begun to fall. SO! I try and pick them, but they don't pick easily, and I'm getting part of the tree, leaves, twigs, etc. I wait a week. Today, I decided they must just be like that, even when they are ripe enough to pick. So I pick a bunch, and remove all the leaves, but I can't pull all the stems off! Some of the recipes I've looked at actually say not to, but none of them are for jelly, which is what I'm trying first. Is it supposed to be that hard to pull the stems off? Are they not ripe enough? Do you have to use pliers or something? Or a knife? Do you remove the blossom ends when you make your jelly? Any advice about picking, washing (was also hard to get them clean), removing stems and blossoms, and anything else you can think of would be MUCH appreciated!!! Thanks in advance!!!
Edited by: MARTIET at: 8/2/2008 (14:48)