It's a problem that every gardener loves to have---you've grown more fruit in your garden than you could possibly ever eat. Now is the time to preserve that harvest for the winter months. Preserving doesn't have to mean jars and pots and other canning supplies. Fruit can very easily be put away for later using little more than your freezer and some zip top bags.
Wash all fruit and sort through it, picking out any bruised or spoiled pieces. Bruised pieces can still be used, but you must remove the spoiled parts before freezing.
Place blueberries, cranberries or cantaloupe cubes onto a cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet into the coldest part of the freezer. Allow the fruit to freeze solid on the tray. Pack into zip lock bags to store.
Peel apples, core them and cut them into slices. Sprinkle the apple slices with granulated sugar. Use about 1/2 cup of sugar for every quart of apple slices. Pack slices and sugar into zip top bags for freezing.
Pit cherries. Mix together cherries, blackberries and strawberries. Add sugar to this berry mixture, about 1/2 cup for every quart of berries. Put the sugared berry mixture into bags and freeze.
Make sugar syrup by mixing 5 1/2 cups of boiling water with 1 1/4 cups of sugar. Mix until the sugar is completely dissolved, then cool.
Put grapes, peaches, pears, fruit salad or plums into sugar syrup. Stir until the fruit is coated completely. Pack each zip lock bags with a mixture of fruit and syrup. Lay the bags flat on a cookie sheet and put into the coldest part of the freezer. After freezing solid, the bags will stack easily.