Use apples, pears or pumpkins to make a homemade fruit butter. If you make it in the crockpot, it'll take very little hands-on time. Can or freeze the finished product to enjoy later, but be sure to sample some now. There's nothing like warm fruit butter on just-baked biscuits. Yum
03Jams and Jellies
Transform grapes, apples, pears and other fall fruits into delicious jams and jellies for your family. Make extra, and you'll have a head start on your holiday gifts
Roast a bunch of pumpkins (or butternut squash) and make your own pumpkin puree. It freezes beautifully and can be used to make everything from soup to muffins.
Fill your freezer with nuts while they're in season, so you don't get stuck paying full-price for them over the holidays. If you don't have nut trees in your yard, let your friends and neighbors know you're looking for nuts or set out on a foraging adventure
Get your hands on some mushrooms (foraged or store-bought). Then, prep them for the freezer. It takes less than 10 minutes of chopping and cooking.
Canned fruit from the grocery store is loaded with sugar and lacking in flavor. Make up your own jars of canned apple and pear slices, so you never have to settle for second-best. Water-bath can them if you want shelf-stable jars, or just pop them in the freezer; either method will give you great results
Potatoes, greens, and carrots are just a few of the vegetables that are available in the fall. Stock up on your favorites. Then, can or freeze them to enjoy throughout the year
Harvest the last of the herbs from your garden before the first frost hits. They'll freeze beautifully, but can also be dried if you prefer to use them that way. Just be sure to put up enough to get you through the winter.
Use your vegetable peels and scraps (onion peels, carrot tops, potato skins, etc.) to make vegetable broth, or save everything in a bag in the freezer until Thanksgiving, and make turkey stock.
If you're a hunter or have friends who hunt, the fall is a great time to fill your freezer with free turkey, venison, and duck. If you don't have a hunting hookup, take advantage of Thanksgiving sales to stock up on turkey and ham. You'll find some of the cheapest prices of the year.
Fall Foods to Can or Freeze
Here are eleven foods that are at their cheapest and tastiest during the fall months. Freeze or can them now so you don't get stuck paying more for them later.