The Apple, Fall’s Perfect Harvest

Adair P. Hoover,
Home & Garden Information Center

Apples may be fall’s perfect fruit. They are highly valued for their taste and nutrition and are practically perfect for preserving. Apples that are frozen, canned, or dried yield an excellent final product. And, they can be preserved in a large variety of recipes including: apple slices, applesauce, apple butter, pie filling, juice, jelly, chutney and brandied rings. Regardless of the recipe careful attention should be used when preserving apples. Applying research-based methods is critical to safety and meticulously following instructions and maintaining proper storage is essential for retaining top quality.

If you want to make the most of fall’s perfect harvest HGIC has everything you need to know! And the following fact sheets are a great place start:

HGIC 3001, Finding Reliable Recipes for Safe Food Preservation
HGIC 3120, Preserving Apples
HGIC 3067, Freezing Fruits, Step By Step
HGIC 3084, Drying Fruits

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