Finally, those poor crabbies waiting in my fridge got hauled out, quartered, tossed into a big pot and covered with cold water. They simmered away until they gave up all their rosy pink juice, and they started to fall apart - maybe an hour? Then their juice was strained out with cheesecloth (to catch every seed and stem). Now it looks like this:
But I didn’t throw away the pulp, and I usually do. (Yes, OK, compost I mean.) Today I saved it, because my sister said you can turn it into apple butter. Free apple butter! I love the whole use-the-by-product thing. So here is the pulp I’m going to turn into apple butter:
I’m pulling out my potato ricer, because that’s what my sister said to use. My sister - what a gal!
Stay tuned and I’ll let you know how the jelly and butter come out.