Apple Harvesting, Processing, and Preserving

On today’s podcast episode, Harold and Rachel talk about the apple harvest and all the ways they are processing and preserving the harvest.

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 224 – October 18, 2023

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The Apple Harvesting Process:

  • Best time to harvest- Different varieties have different harvest times (late summer to late October)
  • Signs of a ripe apple-When they easily come off tree
  • Tools Needed
  • Post-harvest care- Brush off the apples, no need to wash until you use, 35-40 F with humidity is best for storage, wrap in paper and store in single layer.  Check routinely for rotten apples.

Apple Processing

  • Cleaning and sorting
  • Juicing
    • Tools Needed- juicer, or chop and add a bit of water, blend and strain
  • Cider-making- great for drops and bruised apples
    • Tools Needed- 
  • Drying for apple chips
  • Making applesauce and apple butter
  • Using the scraps- see link

Apple Preservation Methods

  • Canning:
    • Applesauce
    • Apple pie fillings
    • Jams and Jellies
  • Freezing apples:
    • Pre-treatment methods to prevent browning
      • Saltwater – 1/4 teaspoon salt with 1 cup water
      • Lemon Water – 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice with 1 cup water
    • Best ways to package
  • Dehydrating
    • Apple chips
    • Apple Sugar 
    • Apple Molasses
  • Fermenting
  • Vinegar
  • Scrap Vinegar

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