In North America, the most common methods of preserving a harvest are freezing and canning. However, there are numerous old-world alternatives.
Drying is probably one of the simplest ways of preserving foods. Many foods, including apples, tomatoes, grapes, plums, apricots, cherries, bananas and currants, dry well. Stringdried apples are great for snacks and for baking. Peel, core and slice crisp apples. Our apple peeler/corer (EV120) can perform all three operations in about 5 seconds per apple. Thread the apple slices on a string and hang to dry for several days, then store in containers for up to a year.