If you are like me fall is one of my favorite times of year. I love all the flavors that are at their peak in the fall. Since my apple trees are still growing, every year my family heads to the apple orchard to pick our apples for preserving and fresh eating.
Preserving apples is not just a culinary art; it’s a way of capturing the essence of autumn to savor throughout the year. Beyond the traditional apple pie, there are diverse methods to ensure the longevity of this versatile fruit. Let’s look at five remarkable ways to preserve apples at home—applesauce, apple butter, apple pie filling, dehydrating apples, and apple jelly. Each method offers a unique culinary experience, allowing you to enjoy the rich flavors and nutritional benefits of apples in various forms.
Preserving apples takes a delightful turn with the simplicity of applesauce. Applesauce is something my family eats a lot of. We can easily eat two-pint jars of applesauce at dinner time. Creating this timeless favorite involves simmering peeled, cored, and chopped apples until they transform into a velvety, flavorful sauce. The recipe for applesauce and the water bath canning instructions come from Ball Canning’s All New Book of Canning and Preserving. Discover the best apple varieties for this process and learn how to infuse subtle hints of cinnamon or nutmeg for an extra kick.
If you have more time to process apples then this apple butter recipe is for you. This four-ingredient slow-cooked water bath canning recipe caramelizes the apples into a delicious spread. You can explore different dry spice combinations to change your apple butter to suit your tastes. The recipe and water bath canning instructions come from the Ball Canning Back To Basics Book. Apple Butter is fantastic on breakfast toast or try it on some vanilla ice cream for dessert.
Apple Pie Filling
Nothing says comfort like a warm apple pie, and with this recipe for apple pie filling you will have that comfort at your fingertips year-round. This recipe helps with creating the perfect apple pie filling, highlighting the balance between sweetness and tartness. Uncover tips for selecting the right apples and achieving that coveted pie-filling consistency. This water bath canning recipe and step-by-step instructions for canning your homemade apple pie filling come from the United States Department of Agriculture in The Complete Guide to Home Canning.
Dehydrated Apple Slices
Preserving apples in their crispiest form involves using a dehydrator. This recipe gives you the step-by-step process of transforming apples into delectable apple chips. From preparing the apples for dehydration to mastering the dehydration time, this ensures your snack game reaches new heights. Explore innovative ways to incorporate dehydrated apples into your culinary repertoire. From salads to trail mix, discover how these preserved gems can enhance both sweet and savory dishes.
I love this apple jelly recipe and use it on simple peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. It can also be used as a glaze for roasted meats or as a decadent pastry filling. This water bath canning recipe with step-by-step instructions comes from the Ball Canning Back To Basics Book. Use this recipe to achieve the perfect gel without losing the natural apple flavor.