What Are Some Non-Jam Ways to Preserve Fresh Fruit?

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Q: I love buying fruit in season at the farmer's market and I really want to start preserving it. The only thing is that I rarely eat toast or bread and I don't like jam on yoghurt because I find it too sweet. I'm afraid that if I start making jam I'm going to have cupboards of jam that will never get used.

Should I just stick to freezing? Or are there other ideas or uses for canning and preserving fresh fruit?

Sent by Nina

Editor: Nina, there are lots of alternate ways to preserve fresh fruit for use later. You can freeze berries and other soft fruit, and you can make apples into applesauce. You can also use a dehydrator to dry slices of fruit. You can also puree the fruit and freeze it in that form.

Here are a couple of past posts that might be helpful:

How Can I Quickly Preserve All These White Peaches?
Daily Preserves: Applesauce

Readers, how do you like to preserve fresh, seasonal fruit? Any tips for Nina?

Related: Small-Batch Canning: Making Cherry Preserves

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