I know it is the opposite side of the season to collect apples, their ripening usually occurring (at least for me) in the Autumn. Despite this, down here in the Huon Valley you can still buy apples from roadside stands set up outside orchids. I guess they have been keeping them on ice for the season, yet they still taste great… almost as good as an apple fresh from the tree.
In my opinion, one of the best ways to preserve apples is dehydration. While it can take energy to create (such as an electric dehydrator or an oven), they are easy to store and last a long period of time if correctly stowed. Yet, dehydrating apples can be time consuming, requiring peeling, coring and slicing. That is where my Avanti Apple Peeler/Corer and Slicer is a boon. With the device I can have an apple ready for dehydration within 30 seconds. The left over peel and core are also great for feeding to livestock or worms (who really love apples).
As I had bought a surplus of apples (I can buy them from the producers for $2.50 for 2 kgs!) I wanted to store them for future use. On the long drive home from work I find apples really help to keep me travelling. So I can keep some dried apples in my bag for when I get really hungry.
If you are interested, or curious, about the device and how to dry apples… checkout the YouTube video below.