Apples, Apples, Everywhere!

Our Fall Fruit Guide to Prevent Waste

From the Second Chance Foods Kitchen

If you took our advice last week and picked fresh apples from your favorite local orchard, you’re probably looking for something to do with them! The Second Chance Foods Kitchen gets apples donated year-round, but we love the special local apples that volunteers pick. When apples and fruit are picked, they are at peak nutrition. So, it’s extra special when we can use those nutritious apples to make applesauce, chips, chopped in salads, baked, and, like we shared last week – made into soup! 

Our Kitchen *loves* Fall Apples!

When we receive apples, it’s often in large quantities. Like most produce we receive, we pass along the best versions fresh. But we never avoid less-than-perfect apples, pears, apricots, or any food! The kitchen loves to make large batches of applesauce – or sauce from any fruit we receive (yes, peach sauce is a thing). Making fruit into sauces is also a favorite food for many of our recipients – especially those with dental issues like unhoused populations or older adults. 


But that’s not all we do! Dehydrated apples are easy to make, fun to eat, and extra nutritious. It helps keep apples for longer, too, which means when we do receive large donations, volunteers can dehydrate batches of apples for us to share with multiple community partners at different times. 

sliced apples on tray

Preservation Tips and Techniques

Freezing fruit and sauces – did you know you can freeze apples? It’s easy and a great way to prepare apples for baking or cooking year round! No dehydrator? No problem. You can use your oven at a low temperature to dehydrate fruit! Check out our full guide for how to make fruit sauce, dehydrate, freeze, and keep local apples on hand all year.

In Case You Missed Them

We’ve shared some great apple recipes in the past that we’re sure you’ll want to try this fall. From soups to desserts here are our apple favorites!

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Looking for food?

Though we wish we could nourish everyone in need, Second Chance Foods does not directly distribute meals or groceries to individuals at this time. We utilize existing programs in the community and supplement their food with our meals and groceries. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please refer to our resource page here for our partnerships and local options.

Mailing Address:

P.O.Box 93
Carmel, NY 10512

Kitchen Address:

120 Marvin Ave Brewster, NY 10509

*please note we do not keep "hours" at the kitchen at this time. If you are looking to donate food please contact or call 845-723-1302


General Questions please contact Associate Director Stephanie Purcell 845-723-1311

Volunteer Questions contact Volunteer Coordinator Heather Marinelli 845-723-1309

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