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How to Freeze Apples
Ultimately, there will be two groups of apple to freeze: Eating apples and cooking apples. We’ve covered two commons methods below which you may want to consider when freezing apples:
How to Freeze Eating Apples
This is the most basic of methods for freezing apples. It will work for both eating and cooking apples:
- Prepare Your Apples
You first need to peel and core your apples. There is no point in freezing the inedible part of the apple, nor do you want to keep the apple’s skin. Once peeled and cored, slice into large wedges, cubes, rounds, chunks. Consider how you normally use your apples and go from there.
- Bathe in Lemon
Take a bowl of ice-cold water and add the juice of a lemon then tip your apple into the liquid to give them a quick lemon bath. This will prevent them from turning brown and mushy.
- Flash Freeze
Lay on a baking tray in a single layer and place in the freezer for an hour or two.
- Final Freeze
Remove the tray and carefully remove each apple wedge and place into a ziplock bag. Please return them to the freezer, and you’re all done.
How to Freeze Cooking Apples
You might be thinking that freezing cooking apples is surely the same as freezing any old apple. And yes, you can freeze them in the same way. But we have a recommended way of freezing cooking apples so you have ready to go, delicious apples that can be used in crumbles and pies.
- Prepare Your Apples
Peel, core and cut your apple into chunks.
- Soften with Sugar and Spices
Place in a pan with a squeeze of lemon juice, a few spoonfuls of brown sugar and a pinch of cinnamon and cook on a low heat until the apple is soft but not broken up. You’re not making a compote!
- Flash Freeze
Allow the apple mixture to cool then tip into a clingfilm-lined dish. Place it into the freezer.
- Final Freeze
Once frozen, you can remove the pie filling by pulling the clingfilm out of the dish then tip it out into a ziplock bag.
You now have a ready to go stewed apples as the perfect pie filling. Just top with pastry or crumble topping and bake in the oven as you normally would. It may just take a little longer to bake.
3 Tips for Freezing Apples
Now you know how to freeze them, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing apples to have the best results:
- Try Freeze Cooking Apples Stewed – If freezing cooking apples, chances are you’ll want to stew them in future so why not try stewing them first and freezing them this way?
- Soak in Lemon Juice – Apples turn brown pretty quickly. You know that. By soaking apple in lemon juice before freezing, you can prevent any unnecessary brown patches from appearing.
- Flash Freeze – If you have sliced your apple up into pieces then you want to avoid them clumping together when frozen. Take the time to flash freeze them to make it far easier to grab a portion of apple at a time.
How Long Can You Freeze Apples?
Like most fruit, frozen apples will be perfectly fine in the freezer for up to a year. After the first 6 months, however, there is a risk that the apples will lose some of their flavour, so it’s best to use them within the first 6 months.
The longer you keep those apples in the freezer, the more they will breakdown and become mushy. They will also lose some of their distinct, crisp flavour.
You Can Freeze Apples for Around 6 Months
How Do You Defrost Apples?
If you plan on using your apple pieces in a smoothie, then you can throw them straight into the blender and whizz them up. They’ll give you both apple flavour and keep your smoothie nice and cold.
If you want to thaw your apple to use in porridge, puddings or cakes, then place in a bowl in the fridge and leave them to defrost fully overnight. They might become a little watery so drain once thawed to avoid ruining your cake.
Can You Refreeze Apples?
We would not advise refreezing apples. This can completely ruin the texture as when you freeze and thaw, you’ll draw more moisture out from the apple which will freeze at a different rate.
The only exception is if you plan on using your apples in a sauce or cooked down.
Do Apples Freeze Well?
If you like a fresh apple in the morning for breakfast, then you’ll need to stick to fresh. You won’t be able to freeze whole apples, defrost them and then munch away on them as if they were fresh. They’ll become mushy and bland.
However, if you want the flavour of apple in a smoothie, porridge or dessert, then freezing is a great way of lengthening the apple’s life while retaining its nutrients and flavour.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing apples or apples in general, then these may help:
Can You Freeze Apple Cider?
Unfortunately, it won’t freeze very well. Like most alcohol, it won’t freeze completely. Instead, you’ll end up with cider slush. If you want to chill you cider right down, then place in the freezer for 30 minutes to give it a quick blast of coldness.
Can You Freeze Apple Pie Filling?
You certainly can. Make your apple pie filling as you normally would – this will probably involve cooking diced apples slowly until they begin to break down with a sprinkling of brown sugar, along with a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.
Once cooked, allow it to cool completely then portion into freezer bags. Seal the bags up, squeezing as much of the air out as you possibly can. Then place in the freezer until you need it to make up an apple pie.
Can You Freeze Apple Sauce?
What’s a roast pork dinner without apple sauce? The good news is that you can give yourself an endless supply by freezing it. Portion it out into containers or small freezer bags, ensure they’re airtight then store in the freezer for anywhere up to 3 months.