Crab Apple Jam (sugar free)

5 quarts crab apples
2 cups water
¼ cup lemon juice
1 cup apple juice
½ cup water
1 ⅓ cups honey
spice to taste cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and/or cloves
Cook crab apples in 2 cups water until they begin to pop (about 20 minutes).
Press the cooked crab apples through a sieve or food mill. In a large saucepan or kettle, combine pulp, lemon juice, apple juice and water. Add honey. Bring to a rolling boil; boil 1 minute, stirring frequently. When the jam starts to “sheet” from the edge of the spoon it has begun to jell. Pour into sterilized jars, seal, and process 10 minutes in boiling water bath.

11 thoughts on “Crab Apple Jam (sugar free)

    • Hi Kristina,
      I wish I remembered exactly, I made it a few years ago and loved it (might make another batch this year). I think it was around 12 of the very small jam jars, (I’m guessing they were 4 oz sized).

  1. Do you happen to have any experience with sugar free crab apple jelly? I am open to using “no sugar needed” pectin and apple juice if needed. Would like to try without honey, if possible. Any ideas?

    • Hi Kassidy, I haven’t experimented with this recipe, I know that I’ve heard that crabapples have enough pectin in them to make jam without pectin but they are very very tart. If you experiment with sweetening with apple juice I would love to know whether it works out. Please post what your results are.

      • Since honey is a form or sugar, how is this sugar~free? I would really love a truly sugar free crab apple recipe!! I love them, and have access to a tonne of them. Thank~you 😀

      • It is refined/white sugar free and naturally sweetened with honey. It is definitely not low carbohydrate. I agree a truly sugar free crab apple recipe would be great, if you find a good one, please feel free to pass it along 🙂

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  3. Did your jam set up? I found I had to use more than 2c h20 to boil my apples; & my jam didn’t set – a watery consistency. But tastes delicious!

    • Sorry Josie, I must have missed this one. I know it doesn’t look like 2 cups of water is enough but as the apples cook down, it ends up plenty. It doesn’t cover them to start and always looks like it isn’t enough. Next year try it with less water and it hopefully will set up.

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