How to Freeze Cooked Apples
Most people will bake their apples in the oven or heat them on the hob before opting to freeze them.
As such, make sure you follow the necessary preparation steps before it comes to freezing them, and you may want to include spices or any other fruits in the mixture before you freeze them into portions.
Here’s what you need to do to freeze your cooked apples:
- Allow to Cool
You need to leave your cooked apples out on the countertop before you think about refrigerating or freezing them. Depending on how many apples you have prepared, they should be ready to freeze within an hour or so.
- Split Into Portions
Separate your cooked apple into appropriate portion sizes. If you plan to use the apples all at once (for a pie or crumble, for instance) you don’t need to separate them into portions at this stage. Just be mindful that it’s difficult to only take out what you need if you freeze it all together.
- Store in Freezer-Safe Bags
Place your cooked apples in freezer-safe bags. If you’re not short of space in the freezer, you could always use a Tupperware box or freezer-safe container, but bags work perfectly fine.
- Label and Freeze
Write the date that you cooked your apples on the bag, as well as the date they need to be used, then seal and transfer to the freezer. Remember, you can freeze cooked apples for around five months.
3 Tips for Freezing Cooked Apples
Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing cooked apples to have the best results:
- Add a Splash of Lemon – If you’re worried about your apples turning brown, you could always add a splash of lemon juice to their surface, as this helps to preserve them for longer. You don’t need to worry about this affecting the taste of your apples when it comes to defrosting them.
- Consider Mixing with Spices – You can add different spices to your cooked apples before freezing them if you choose to. Spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla all freeze well, and can really add to the flavour of your crumble or pie. If you decide to add spices to your crumble, just make sure you write this on the bag, as you don’t want any surprises when it comes to making your family’s pie!
- Freeze Crumble Too – If you’ve decided to press ahead and made a delicious apple crumble for your family, it’s perfectly fine to freeze the crumble as well as the apples! Just be mindful that when your crumble is frozen, you won’t be able to use your apples for anything else.
How Long Can You Freeze Cooked Apples?
You can freeze cooked apples for around five months. One of the biggest fears people have of putting fruits in the freezer is that their texture will go bad over time. While this is true and a valid thing to be concerned about, you don’t need to worry about this with cooked apples.
As they will be soft after being cooked, the texture will be perfectly preserved in the freezer. As mentioned in one of the tips above, if you’re worried about your cooked apples going brown in the freezer, you can always add a splash of lemon, as this helps to preserve the colour of the apples for longer.
You Can Freeze Cooked Apples for up to 5 Months
How Do You Defrost Cooked Apples?
The best way to defrost your cooked apples is to remove them from the freezer and place them in the refrigerator overnight. They will then be ready to add to your recipe the following day when you’re ready to bake.
If you’re in a rush, you could always take the bag of cooked apples out of the freezer and place them in a bowl of room-temperature water. Don’t be tempted to microwave your cooked apples, as this will thaw them too quickly.
Can You Refreeze Cooked Apples?
Technically, yes, you can refreeze cooked apples. However, thawing and then refreezing your cooked apples will possibly result in a deterioration of the texture, and could affect the overall result of your pie or crumble.
As such, we would recommend that if you’re not sure about how many cooked apples you use at once, you should freeze them in smaller portion sizes so you only defrost what you need. However, if you’re not concerned about the texture of your apples, then feel free to refreeze them as the taste shouldn’t be affected.
Do Cooked Apples Freeze Well?
Yes! Cooked apples freeze extremely well, and because you don’t need to worry too much about the deterioration of their texture, you should have no issues when it comes to freezing them. As with any fruits that you freeze, just make sure you protect them from freezer burn by covering them suitably.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing cooked apples or apples in general, then these may help:
Can You Freeze Stewed Apples?
Stewed apples are essentially cooked apples that you have allowed to break down until they become a little more liquid. The good news is that stewed apples can be frozen in much the same way. Stew the apples, cool, portion into freezer bags, remove as much air from the bags while sealing and place them into the freezer.
What is the Best Way to Freeze Apples?
Apples can be frozen in a variety of ways and it all comes down to how you plan on using them. We would not advise freezing apples whole as they aren’t useful when whole and frozen. But you can freeze uncooked wedges, slices or cubes of apples both with and without the skin.
You can also, obviously, freeze apples cooked or stewed. You need to consider the way you use apples and then freeze them in that form.