I love to use a dehydrator to preevrse fruits and veggies for the winter. Uses electricity, but only for a few days, not the whole winter like your freezer does (of course some people live in climates where you can dry anything at all before it molds or rots, but in most years, Ohio is not one of those places). I have dried and later enjoyed tomatoes, peppers, blueberries, strawberries, plums, peaches, and apricots. Apple slices dried with a light dusting of cinnamon are so popular with my family that they never last as late as Thanksgiving, no matter that I dried two bushels! I have dried lightly herbed halved cherry tomatoes for a couple of years now, too, and love them as savory snacks. I bought my dehydrator 20 years ago at a yard sale for $4. Also, most varieties of apples can be kept fresh at temps near (but not below) freezing for up to six months; I use the inside wall of my unheated garage for this, and throw some blankets over the apple crates when the temp gets quite low. If they freeze, just make applesauce when they thaw!