Before Autumn passes us by be sure to save some of the season’s flavor with one or more of these ways to preserve apples.
Apples are an amazing part of the fall season. They’re great fresh but also preserve well for the long, cold winter.
Apples are naturally sweet, high in vitamins, and work equally well spiced or plain.
Apples can also often be found rather frugally, ask around most folks who have a tree or two are often willing to share the abundance.
Preserving apples with canning is easy and full of tasty and easy options for long-term, shelf stable options.
This my favorite way to preserve apples. I leave the peels on and only lightly mash the apples for a no-fuss and delicious snack.
Skip the heavily sweetened store-bought version and make your own apple butter with maple syrup.
Be ready for pie quickly and easily by canning the filling now.
Super flavorful and a great way to add fall to those lunch peanut butter sandwiches.
Can apple chunks for a variety of uses later with this easy tutorial.
Combine the best of fall fruits in this apple pear jam.
Combine tart crab apple juice with spices for a delicious spread that is also great for gifts.
Dried apples lend themselves to a variety culinary purposes from snacks to desserts and everything in between. They're light and full of filling nutrition making them perfect for road trips, hiking, and more:
Super easy to make in the dehydrator. Apple chips are perfect for snacking, tossing into oatmeal, and mixing into cookies or muffin batter.
Have a solar oven? Dry your apples in there instead of a the dehydrator.
Make this as a healthy treat you can feel good about tucking into lunches and care packages alike.
Freezing is a wonderful option if you have the space and/or are tired of canning or dehydrating.
Make apple pie filling and toss it into freezer bags for quick thawing and pie baking during the holidays.
This can almost be eaten as a sorbet for a delicious dessert. Let it thaw and use it the same way as canned applesauce.
Freeze apple slices for smoothies, tossing into oatmeal, using for crisps, and more.
Make and freeze an entire apple pie for a quick and easy from scratch dessert later.
Other Apple Preservation Methods
Want something a little different than the usual? The following options are full of fun and flavor.
Use the peels and apple scraps to make your own apple cider vinegar.
Try making apple sugar for a natural sweetener for your drinks, baked goods, and more.
Apples are naturally made to last a long time when stored properly. This way you don't have to preserve them as much if you prefer.