Food Rescue 911: Apple Preserve

August 28, 2022


Do you have less than perfect apples at home?  Just like the one on the right, a bit wrinkly and looking sad that they havebeen ignored?

Give them a second chance!  There is an easy way.

My apples were actually looking even sadder than the one on the photo — probably the wrinkles were much more visible.

And here’s how they look now.  Happy, sweet and full of life, and everyone’s friend.  Who’s to know that they were once neglected and were about to be dumped. It was a very quick turn-around.

Apple preserve

Apple Preserve


  • Apples,  2
  • Lemon juice
  • Sugar, 1/4 – 1/2 c (depending on how sweet the apples are to start with)


  1. Core apples and cut into wedges.  Drizzle with lemon juice to prevent from oxidization and toss. Slice them thin and place them in a microwavable container.  Add sugar, toss gently and let it stand for 3-5 min.
  2. Cook on high in microwave for 5 minutes.  Toss gently and cook another 5 min. Repeat until the apples are cooked and translucent. (Should take total of 15 min or so.)  Let it cool.  Mash with wooden spoon if you like more jammy consistency.

Note: You can make this on stove top, yet it’ll take longer and you’ll have to watch and keep stirring it.

They are great on toast, top with yogurt, pancakes, crepes…  They are super easy, so try it, and leave us a comment on  what did you make with it!

Apple preserve with yogurt

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 al March 14, 2023 at 1:38 am

Hi mari, just spotted yr website ,looks interesting. Wondered if you can tell me how long can this preserve keep in the fridge?
And whether suitable to freeze?


2 mari March 30, 2023 at 11:57 am

Hi Al,
Good question. It depends on the amount of sugar. I like mine less sweet, and we normally end up eating it all within a week or so. the more sugar, the longer the shelf life.
This preserve can be frozen, or even the apple (treat with lemon juice before freezing.)

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