In a large saucepan, bring the crabapples, water, and lemon juice to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 30 minutes, uncovered.
Line a colander with several layers of cheesecloth and place it over a large bowl.
Pour the crabapples in the colander and let drain for about 2 hours without crushing or squeezing the fruit. You should get about 2 quarts (8 cups) of juice. If the amount of juice obtained is different, count about 180 ml (3/4 cup) of sugar for each 250 ml (1 cup) of juice.
In the same clean saucepan, bring the crabapple juice and sugar to a boil. Attach a candy thermometer in the centre of the saucepan. Simmer until the thermometer reads 104 °C (219 °F). Skim carefully while cooking.
Pour into sterilized jars.
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