Can You Freeze Apples?

Whether it’s Granny Smith, Pippin or Braeburn – apples are delicious in all their varieties! But the question is, what can you do with an abundance of apples if you’ve got your own apple tree or gone overboard at the shops?

Can You Freeze Apples?

Yes, you can freeze apples for up to 6 months. We would recommend cutting them into slices, chunks or wedges before soaking in lemon and then freezing.

Can You Refreeze Apples? No

Do Apples Freeze Well? Yes

How to Freeze Apples

Ultimately, there will be two groups of apples 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 Apples

1) Prepare Apples
You first need to peel and core your apples. There is no point in freezing the inedible part of the apple. Once peeled and cored, slice into large wedges, cubes, rounds, chunks. Consider how you normally use your apples and go from there.

Soak Apples

2) Soak Apples
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

3) Initial Freeze
Drain the apple from their lemon-water bath then lay the pieces of apple into a baking tray keeping them spread out. Try to prevent them from touching one another.

Bag Up

4) Bag Up
Place the frozen wedges or pieces into a freezer bag and seal the bag up. As you seal it up, try to remove as much air from the bag as possible. Remember to write the contents on the bags. Apples and pears can look deceivingly similar!

Final Apples Freeze

5) Freeze Apples
Finally, carefully place the bag of frozen apple pieces into the freezer. Whenever you want a handful for a smoothie or crumble you can just grab them.

Now you know how to go about freezing eating apples, perhaps you should learn how to do the same for cooking apples?

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.

  1. Prepare Your Apples
    Peel, core and cut your apple into chunks.
  2. 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!
  3. Flash Freeze
    Allow the apple mixture to cool then tip into a clingfilm-lined dish. Place it into the freezer.
  4. Final Freeze
    Once frozen, you can remove the pie filling by pulling the clingfilm out of the dish and then tip it out into a ziplock bag.

You now have 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.

What is the Best Way to Freeze Apples?

The best way to freeze apples comes down to how you plan on using them. The main method is to cut it up, freeze it on a tray and then (when frozen solid) bag it up to freeze for the long term.

But before you do that, you need to consider how you plan on using the frozen apple to then ensure you freeze the apple in the best way.

If you know you’ll want it diced up small to use in a crumble filling then make sure you cut it up small. If you know you’ll want it in smoothies then just cut them up roughly.

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 the 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 flavours, 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 break down and become mushy. They will also lose some of their distinct, crisp flavours.

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 them 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.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing apples or apples in general, then these may help:

Does Freezing Apples Ruin Them?

No, freezing apples does not ruin them. Although this does come down to how you plan on consuming them. If you were expecting to freeze apples to then enjoy on their own in future then they will be ruined. However, frozen apples will retain their flavour perfectly

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 your cider right down, then place it in the freezer for 30 minutes to give it a quick blast of coldness.

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