Do you love the taste of apples and wish you could enjoy them year round? You can get apples at the grocery store if you're willing to pay the high off-season prices. If you want to enjoy your local apples year round, consider freezing them. Follow these steps and you can freeze apples.
- Select the apples. Avoid the super sweet apples when it comes to freezing. Select the naturally tasty apples such as Fiji, Gala, Rome and Yellow Delicious. If you plan to make applesauce later then mix a variety of apples into the sauce.
- Wash the apples. Scrub the apples to remove any dust, dirt or wax on the surface.
- Prepare the apples. Peel apples, remove the core and slice into thin pieces or chunks no bigger than your knuckle. Wash the apple pieces once prepared.
- Soak to prevent browning. There are several options to prevent apples from turning brown due to oxidation. Dip the apple pieces into fresh lemon juice. Or use an ascorbic acid solution. Once you have treated the apples, they are ready for freezing.
- Place slices onto a tray. Lay the slices so that they are separated and in a single layer on a tray covered with wax paper.
- Place tray in the freezer. Keep the tray in the freezer until the apples are solid. This may take several hours depending upon your freezer and the size of the slices so be patient and check for freezing periodically.
- Place frozen slices into freezer bags. Store the frozen apple slices in airtight freezer bags. Frozen the pieces should keep for several months.
- Use the frozen apples. When you are ready to use the apples, you can either, place them frozen into a pie plate then season them and cover with dough to bake a pie or thaw them in the oven to bake an apple crisp or prepare fresh applesauce. The options are up to you.
Keep in mind that frozen apples are best used for cooking. You won't enjoy the taste of frozen apples raw. The sweet, tart taste of apples can be yours all year long with a little patience and preparation. Follow these steps to freeze apples so you can use them in recipes whenever you need to.