Freezing apples is a quick and guaranteed way to keep apples for baking all year long. Learn how to freeze and preserve your apples in this easy to follow tutorial post. Perfect for when you have apples ripe for the picking or got a great deal in the produce section.
HOW TO FREEZE APPLES
CAN YOU FREEZE APPLES?
Yes ma’am you can! My mum always froze apples at the peak of the season. So if we can so can you. You can freeze your fresh raw apples without cooking and without those beauties turning brown.
In this post I’ll show you just how easy-peasy it is. Your freezer and meal prep is about to thank you, and by that I mean those hungry monsters in your house you just can’t keep full.
Apples are one of my favourite fruits to bake with. Bags of frozen apple slices and berries fill my freezer come winter. It’s easy to quickly pull them out and whip up a quick dessert for a potluck, Sunday dinner or a late night craving.
Frozen apple slices straight from the freezer are good for pies, crisps, smoothies, muffins, loaves and other baed goods. With this freezing method your apples will taste as if they were freshly picked and they won’t turn brown in the freezer.
But how do you freeze apples in order to do this?
APPLE PEELER: The Best Tool for the Job
Prepare your apples using a peeler corer! I love the cherry apple red colour and it helps that it’s a solid, sturdy cast iron tool I can rely on.
STEP ONE: Peel, Core and Slice the Apples
Then it’s time to prepare apples using an apple peeler corer. I like to make room for this set up in my kitchen. I’m a lefty, so I set up my basket of apples and peeler on the left hand side.
STEP TWO: Lemon and Salt Water Bath
Slice apple rings and transfer apples to a warm lemon salt water bath to prevent browning.
For every four cups of water add 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. This will help prevent apples from browning even more.
In the picture above I only used lemon juice, if salt were added then those brown bits would be gone! Now I know for next time.
STEP THREE: Flash Freeze Apples
Place a single layer of apple slices on a parchment covered baking sheet to flash freeze in the freezer until fully frozen. Make sure to leave room between apples, for proper air circulation.
STEP FOUR: Freeze for long term use
Fill large ziplock bags with flash frozen apples. Apples will be easy to remove and measure if they are frozen using the flash freezing method.
Freezing Apple Slices
- apple peeler/corer
- Pairing Knife
- Large Bowl or Pot
- Baking Sheets
- parchment paper
- Freezer Bags
- Abundance of Apples Green Apples freeze well, but can be bitter and less sweet than red apples
- 1 tbsp salt Per 4 cups of warm water
- 1 tbsp lemon juice Per 4 cups of warm water
- Wash, peel and core apples
- Slice rounds into perfect bite size pieces with baking in mind
- Place apple slices lemon salt water bath for five minutes
- Lay on parchment paper lined baking sheet
- flash freeze until fully frozen
- Place apple slices into freezer bags pushing as much air out as possible
- Label and add to freezer for long term storage ( up to one year )
Use your frozen apples for just about anything. Click below to grab ahold of our 5 best apple recipes I know you’ll love. These are the five go to recipes I use every fall and winter while I wait impatiently for the next apple season to roll around.