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Six ways to preserve apples

Whether they’re purchased at the farmers market, snagged at a pick-your-own farm or foraged from a local tree, apples are the tastiest part of autumn. Here are six ideas for enjoying apples over the coming months

Apple rings

Dried apple rings

Dried apple rings are as simple as peeling, coring and slicing your apples, then slowly drying in a dehydrator or a 130-135° oven. Paul recently shared the design for his DIY dehydrator, too. Cool!

Apple butter for swapping

Apple butter

Apple butter is a simple way to process a lot of apples at once. A jar makes the perfect holiday party gift! Christa recently posted a member blog about her process – what’s yours?

apple chutney

Apple chutney

Apple chutney is an explosion of flavors. JoyfulC shared this recipe, which includes zesty spices like coriander, cinnamon and cayenne. Experiment with other exotic flavors, like cardamom, cloves and ginger!

Apple cider pressing

Apple cider

If you’re planning on making a lot of cider, a press is the best way to go, but there is a simple way to make small batches of apple cider using a food processor or blender (we all have one or the other, right?)

Simply quarter cleaned fruit (trimming away any bruises) and puree until smooth. Then create a pouch out of a couple of layers of cheesecloth , fill the pouch with the puree, and squeeze out as much of the liquid as you can from the fruit. You can store the resulting cider in the refrigerator for two weeks. Of course, there is hard cider being discussed in the Brewer’s Pub Group, too!

Apple pie filling ready for the water bath

Apple pie filling

A way to make delicious, from-scratch apple pie faster? Genius! Canning pie filling is a tradition with bakers this time of year. Sue cold packs her apples, processes in a water bath, then uses her filling in fried pocket pies and filled donuts. What’s your recipe?

Apple cider donuts

Speaking of donuts (and cider) here’s a cider donut recipe that promises to please any crowd.

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12 Responses to “Six ways to preserve apples”

  1. Thanks for posting. Want to hit up an orchid this fall to stock up on apples. Will def give some of these a go.

  2. Nancy Leshinsky Says:

    Great ideas for preserving apples…I have a recipe I use regularly for Russian preserved apples that I found in “The Joy of Pickling” They are brined and end up tasting crisp with a flavor like sparkling wine. It’s a way for me to use up my friends smaller apples from his organically grown tree without any peeling or chopping and the ingredients are only honey water salt tarragon and apples.

  3. Nancy, could you share that recipe with us ? It’s one my Russian Baba did not use….

  4. Don’t forget fruit leather. It may not be as sweet and sexy as the fancy dried sugar sludge sold in stores, but it keeps for a long time.

  5. These all look delicious. This is my first season really making an effort to preserve food for the winter.

    I have a question about storing dried apples and fruit leather. Do you all keep them in baggies in the freezer or can they keep for a while in an airtight container on the shelf? How long can they be stored for? Thanks for any advice!

  6. These are great ideas. I have a couple recipes that take advantage of a crockpot for slow cooked apple butter and caramel apple dessert. Easy and delicious!

  7. Great article! I nursed an apple tree in our backyard from the brink of death after it was hit by lightning back to health; it went from producing zero apples to 120 apples this year! I made apple sauce, apple butter, apple pie and apple cake. Here are my recipes for sweet/savory apple sauce (http://togetherinfood.wordpress.com/2010/09/01/savory-sweet-applesauce-recipe/) and apple butter (http://togetherinfood.wordpress.com/2010/09/29/slow-jams-pluot-jam-apple-butter-recipe/). Enjoy!

  8. I absolutely love the thought home cider, had never even thought of it. My personal favorite is probably chunky homemade applesauce: can be canned, makes a great gift, and goes sooo well with so many dishes from latkes to pork loin. Thanks for the collection of ideas!

  9. Thanks, my group has been searchingfor this kind of stuff. I found some great homemade recipe here btw, too!

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