Last-Minute, End-of-Season Fruit-Preservation Methods

| 10/27/2016 9:53:00 AM

Tags: canning, food preservation, fruit trees, wild edibles, food foraging, drying, dehydrating, jams, jellies, Idaho, Alyssa Craft,

What do you do when you find a windfall of fruits to forage and harvest but you don’t generally eat whole fruits in your normal diet? You find yourself challenged to discover as many different ways of preserving those fruits as you can!

We foraged for fruit in the woods and within the city this summer and thankfully, there are many ways to put fruit by. We’ve compiled a long list that has something for everyone, from the familiar jams and jellies, to ones that you may not have even heard of, like making mead.

Canning Fruit

One of the most popular ways to preserve fruits is canning. It’s a good choice because it requires no fridge or freezer to keep the food fresh and it’s always ready to go. It’s a favorite for many.

Fruit Jams, Jellies, Preserves, Conserves, Marmalades, Butters, Syrups, and More

Jams can be used in many ways besides spreading on a piece of bread or a cracker, so if you don’t eat many of those types of things, you may not want to completely rule them out as a preservation method. Jams (like this thimbleberry jam) are typically what comes to mind when most people think of fruit preservation. Alternative uses for jams, jellies, and preserves may include meat glazes, bases for meat glazes, and even in some meat marinades!

Fruit Sauces

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