Food Preserving

Preserving Apples

Apples

The only thing better than an apple is one you’ve grown yourself.  I have a two apple trees on the farm and the Pink Lady variety produces an abundance of apples every year.

Even though I share with my family, I always make sure to have enough leftover to freeze to use in apple pies or spoon over iceceam throughout the year.

So, to keep things interesting, I like to preserve my apples a few different ways.

Candied Apples

I love candied apples over ice-cream or with custard, and I especially love this recipe as it’s not too sweet.

Ingredients

  • 4 apples (diced chunky)
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon butter (50g)

Process

  1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter with the sugar.  Allow it to come to the boil and thicken slightly then add in the apples.
  2. Cook until the apples are tender.
  3. Once cooked, pour the mixture into the container you are going to freeze it in as this mixture is sticky and will harden once cooled.

To use, allow to defrost and then gentle reheat in the microwave or on the stove top and use as you like.

Apple Sauce

I love apple sauce and it can be used in so many different ways, on steak, pork chops even over custard or ice-cream.  It’s a lovely addition to any meal and is really simple to make.

Ingredients

  • 4-6 apples, peeled and sliced any thickness, depending how you like it.
  • 1 cup of water.
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar (or to taste, depending on what type of apples you use).

Process

  1. Place all ingredients in a large saucepan and cook over a medium heat
  2. Cook until the apples collapse
  3. If you prefer a chunky sauce, leave as is, if you prefer a smooth sauce then blend to a smooth paste.

Then freeze in an airtight container or ziplock bag.

Apple Slices

The easiest method of preserving I do is to freeze the apple slices as is.  They can then be used in apple pies or tarts, or to add into your roast pork when roasting.

Process

  1. Cut the apples into the desired thickness and place on a baking tray in a single layer. Freeze immediately to stop from going brown.
  2. Once frozen, place in an airtight container or in freezer bags (I like to keep all my ziplock bags containing apple slices in a freezer container.  It helps keep my freezer organised and makes them easy to locate).

Dried Apples

Dried apples are delicious and are a great way of preserving.  Perfect to add to the kids lunch box or to have as a snack.

Process

  1. Remove the core of the apple
  2. Cut into 1-2cm thick slices
  3. Place in a food dehydrator and follow the instructions for your particular model.

Note, if you don’t have a food dehydrator, you can dry your apples in the oven.  Keep the oven temperature low (around 120°C) degrees, but it will take around 8-12 hours, depending on the thickness.

There are so many options for preserving a bounty of apples so you can enjoy them throughout the year.  Let us know if you try one, and how you went…….

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