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My parents have a couple crabapple trees that have beautiful red fruit.  I like to eat the tart fruit plain but I wanted to experiment putting them up to see if I could find other ways to store them for later use.  Seeing that I already have a large supply of jam, jelly & other sweets my mind went to non-sweetened options.

Aren't they pretty!

With the first large bucket I made a batch of fermented crabapples and dried the rest.  I’ll keep you posted on how I like the fermented ones after they are done doing their thing!  All I did was cover them in filtered water and let them sit at room temperature.  Each morning I’d skim the top of mold/scum and top it off with more water.  They are starting to smell less “yeasty” so I need to sample one and then store them in the fridge.

Crabapples ready to ferment.

After seeing how great the first batch dried I went and picked the other tree and dried the rest!  I sliced the crabapples into ~4 slices and put them in a bowl of salt water to keep them from turning brown.  In Montana the humidity is pretty nonexistent so I air dry the fruit on screens but you could easily use a dehydrator to speed up the process.

Laid out and ready to dry.

It only took about 3 days for them to be completely dry and they stayed a beautiful, bright color.  So far we’ve been enjoying them plain as a snack, in oatmeal, on a cake and in lentil soup… next I want to try making them into a spiced snack mix!

Dried Crabapples

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