For decades, my grandmother had a crab apple tree, and each summer she would make jelly. It is the best jelly in the world, and she would give me one jar each year. I looked forward to it.
When my grandma moved into a nursing home, my uncle cut down the tree. It is difficult to find crab apples anymore (that aren't purely decorative), but I found some trees near my workplace, and got permission to pick.
About 16 pounds' worth:
Ringo thought it was fun to play in the tote with the apples!
If you've never made jelly, it's a labor intensive process. First you, sort the fruit and cut out bad spots. Then boil them up and strain the juice overnight.
Then you boil the juice with sugar.
Sixteen pounds of fruit made 11 1/2 pints of jelly. I also made two loaves of bread.
Unlike some things in childhood, this jelly IS as good as I remember. And I now can appreciate the time and effort Grandma put into making it.