Whether you have a flourishing apple tree in your backyard or couldn’t resist the low prices in the farmer’s market and came home with several dozen apples, the dilemma is the same. How are you going to preserve all these apples before they start going bad? Thankfully, apples have a good reputation as far as the shelf life is concerned. They might even last 4 to 6 weeks if you keep them in the fridge.
However, preserving apples in the freezer means you can enjoy them even longer. How long do apples last in the freezer? What’s the smartest way to store them in the freezer? Read on and find out all the secrets to preserving your favorite fruit.
Can You Freeze Raw Apples?
So is it really that simple? Do you just freeze raw apples? No cooking or pureeing required?
YES, you got that right! It actually is that simple! If you’ve got a whole lot of apples that you can’t possibly consume in weeks, the best option is to freeze the excess. And since you can freeze them raw, it’s not going to take much effort or time either.
Besides, freezing raw apples makes it much simpler to use them in smoothies, pies, and more.
What’s The Texture Like
Let’s be honest, there’s no match for garden-fresh apples! Frozen apples don’t have the same crisp texture as the fresh ones. Once you thaw them, they’ll turn soft. While frozen apples aren’t too appealing when eaten raw, you can easily use them in recipes that involve cooking or pureeing. When eating a slice of homemade apple pie, you won’t be able to tell whether it was prepared from frozen apples or fresh ones.
How To Preserve Apples In The Freezer
All types of apples can be frozen. Depending on how you’re going to use them, there are different ways of preserving apples in the freezer. You can freeze them whole, as slices, or as apple pie filling in airtight jars. Here’s how:
- Freezing Whole Apples
It’s the fastest and most effortless trick you’ll find. Barely any steps are required. Just wash them, place them over a tray lined with a baking sheet, and freeze them. Once the apples turn solid, pack them in Ziploc bags and freeze again. If you store them directly in freezer bags before freezing them first, they’ll stick together. It will be challenging to thaw and use them if you only want a couple of apples.
- Freezing Apple Slices
To make them more manageable and save some freezer spaces, many people like to freeze apple slices instead of whole apples. True, they’ll take up a little more prep at this stage but think of all the work you’ll be saving in peeling, coring, and slicing thawed whole apples.
- Wash the apples.
- Peel, core, and slice them.
- Prepare a mixture of water and some lemon juice.
- Dip the slices in the mixture for a minute. This will prevent them from browning.
- Lay the slices on a dish lined with baking sheet.
- Place the dish in the freezer for a couple of hours, until the slices turn solid.
- Once the slices are solid, transfer them to Ziploc bags and freeze them.
- Freezing applesauce
If you plan on using your garden’s produce to prepare applesauce, there is no need to freeze fresh apples and wait for later to prepare the sauce. Instead, the simpler solution is to prepare applesauce from fresh apples and freeze it, if you don’t plan on using it right away.
- Freezing Apple Pie Filling
If you plan on making apple pies with your frozen apples, why not prepare the pie filling with fresh apples and freeze them? Freeze the filling in an airtight container, and you can use them in your homemade pies for months. It will cut down much of your efforts when it’s time to bake a pie.
- Freezing Apple Pie
If you have some extra time on your hands, you can prepare and freeze whole apple pies! Pack them in Ziploc bags or plastic wraps before freezing uncooked apple pies. Imagine the convenience in taking out a prepared pie from the freezer, tossing it in the oven, and relishing the flavors of an effortless bake!
Uses For Frozen Apples
So you saw how to preserve apples in the freezer. Once you’ve got a whole bunch of frozen apples, what are the different ways in which you can use them?
From applesauce and jam to apple pie, apple crumbles and other baked dishes, there are countless uses of frozen apples.