How to freeze apples – a step by step easy to follow guide for freezing fresh apples. Never waste a delicious apple again!
Here’s a fun fact about me – apples are my favorite fruit. Yep. Even above the popular strawberries, bananas, or juicy peaches. My favorites are Granny Smith but I’ll eat any of them.
The unfortunate thing about apples is sometimes I purchase more than I can eat in a week then after a week or so they lose their crispness and end up in the trash…next to the bananas. Well, that’s how it is used to be. About 5-6 years ago I discovered I can freeze all fresh fruit. Since then, I have seriously cut down (if not eliminated) on fruit waste in my house.
I know freezing apples, or any fresh fruit, should seem like basic knowledge but it wasn’t for me and I don’t want to assume it is for you. This is why I’ve been putting together quick tutorials showing you how to freeze fresh fruit. So far I’ve shown you how to freeze strawberries and how to freeze cherries. I’ve also shared how to freeze kale. Oh and I showed you how to freeze bananas. In the next few weeks I’ll share my freezing tips for blueberries, zucchini, and some other garden favorites!
Not only is freezing apples a great way to save apples year round from being tossed into the trash, but it’s also an option during the picking season when you come home with a big haul of apples.
Before I get to the easy step by step instructions I want to go over a few questions.
How To Freeze Apples Common Questions
Can I freeze any type of apple?
Yeppers! Any apple will freeze just fine. My favorite apples for smoothies are granny smith and my favorite for apple pie and baked goods are Fugi’s.
Do I need to core the apple before freezing?
Yes. My advice is to core and slice the apple prior to freezing. A frozen apple will not thaw back to its original texture so it’s not like you can bite into it like a fresh apple.
Can I freeze apples with the skin on?
Yes. If you’re going to use the apples in a recipe that doesn’t need the skin removed then leaving it on won’t be a problem. For example, smoothie recipes. I never remove the skin when I use apples in smoothies. My advice is to freeze the apple so its recipe ready.
Just remember once it’s frozen it’ll be hard to remove the skin so if you’re planning to make an apple pi or muffins then I’d remove the skin.
Does the texture of the apple change after it’s frozen?
Yes. Thawed apples have a softer textured than fresh apples. If you’re looking to enjoy an apple with peanut butter then using a frozen apple slice won’t work. Frozen apples are best used in smoothies, apple sauce, apple butter, compotes, crumbles, pies, breads, muffins, and other baked goods.
From my experience, I get the best results from thawing (in the microwave, refrigerator, or on the counter) the apple slices prior to using in a pie or baked good. This way I can drain any access liquid before it goes into the recipe.
I don’t thaw frozen apples when using in blended recipes, apple sauce, steel cut oatmeal recipes, or overnight oat recipes.
How do I keep the apples from turning brown?
The best way to keep frozen apple slices from turning brown is to soak them for about 5 minutes in water and lemon. I used about 4 – 5 cups water and the juice from 1-2 lemons. After the apple slices soak I drain in a colander and give a light rinse. When I first did this I thought the apples would taste like lemon and ruin an apple pie I wanted to make but I was wrong the apples were delicious and honestly made one of the best apple pies ever.
How long will frozen apples last?
Frozen apples will last up to one year in the freezer.
What recipes can I use frozen apples in?
Any smoothie recipe – this detox smoothie is my #1 favorite. Or this
Muffins and breads – this Apple Harvest Bread is yummy.
Apple sauce or apple butter recipe – put this Slow Cooker Apple Butter recipe on the menu for fall.
How to Freeze Apples
Step 1: Peel, core, and slice the apples. Again, if you’re using these apples in smoothies, or any blended recipes, then you can leave the skins on. Slice (or chop) the apples so they are recipe ready.
Step 2: Soak the apples for about 5 minutes in a bowl full of lemon and water. I use about 4 – 5 cups water and the juice from 1-2 lemons. After the soak I put the apples in a colander and give them a quick rinse.
Step 3: Pat the apples dry and lay on a cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for about 4 hours or overnight if possible. It’s important to flash freeze so the apple slices don’t stick together once frozen.
Step 4: After the apples are frozen place into a large (gallon-sized) freezer bag and freeze. You could also store in individual bags if you want to freeze in smaller portions.
Another way to freeze apples, and I do this quite often, is to freeze in frozen smoothie packs. In this case, all you need to do is cut the apple into 4’s, or chunks, and stick into a quart size freezer bag with the other smoothie ingredients. I can’t tell you the number of times my smoothie packs have been filled with fruit that was close to be being thrown out.
Supplies for Freezing Apples
Glass mixing bowls – to soak the apples in lemon and water.
Colander – to rinse the apples.
Baking sheets – to flash freeze the baking slices
Ziploc bags – to freeze the apples in.
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