Freezing apples is an easy way to preserve them when you have too many in your refrigerator.
Ever had one of those times when a neighbor "surprises" you with bags of apples from their overflowing orchard? Or maybe your own apple tree is exploding with fruit in your own backyard!
However it happens, you need to know how to preserve your apples. Freezing them is a great way to do that. Fortunately, it's really easy.
Start Freezing Apples!
1. The first step to freezing your apples is peeling them. Of course, if you prefer to leave the skins on, you can do that too. But they will probably be soggier that way. I have always frozen them peeled and they are great that way.
2. Slice the apples any way you want. Since I have always frozen apples for the purpose of making pie later on, I always cut them into thin slices. Of course, you may like larger sized slices for pie; it's up to you.
3. A common problem with apples is the discoloration that takes place. However, you can prevent your apples from going brown by soaking the apple slices in a solution of 2 T. lemon juice to 2 quarts of water. A 10 minute soak will do just fine.
4. You now have to options from here: you can go ahead and place your apples in a ziploc bag (label and date them), or you can prepare them for a pie. Either way you will be freezing them; it's just a matter of how you do it.
When we started freezing apples several year ago, we just did it the easy way and froze them plain in ziploc bags. But it would definitely be easier if you prepared them for a pie ahead of time. Then all you have to do to make a pie is pull it out of the freezer and bake!
Freezing Apples For Pie
1. Do you have a favorite apple pie recipe? If so, go ahead and mix the dry ingredients in a bowl (flour, sugar, cinnamon, etc.). After they have been mixed thoroughly, mix them with the apples and toss to coat.
2. Line a 9 inch pie dish with a large sheet of foil. Place your coated apples in the dish and then take the foil that is hanging over the sides to cover the top. Freeze overnight.
3. The next day, once your apple pie is frozen solid, remove the foil covered apples from the dish (it will be well-formed by now!) and place it in a large gallon ziploc bag. Since it is a nice hard shape it should stack in your freezer pretty easily!
Wasn't that easy? You can make as many frozen apple pies as you like, and now you have them at your fingertips for whenever you need them. Easy. Simple. And super convenient.
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