How to Freeze Apples

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And I thought moving to the city meant I was done with things like canning and putting food by. Ha! My weekly fruit and vegetable co-op offered me a half bushel of apples and my kitchen loving soul could not say no. So here I am showing you how to freeze apples for future use.

I am sure I will also use them in savory dishes featuring pork and fish. Knowing me they will turn up in all kinds of places. It is a LOT of apples. The squirrel is going to be very happy with what he finds in the mulch pile by the time I am done, that is for sure.

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How To Freeze Apples

You will need:

  • apples (duh)
  • sharp knives (I swear by Global Knives) (do yourself a favor, make sure they are sharp – it will go much faster and easier if they are)
  • large bowl with diluted acidic water – I used apple cider vinegar but you can also use lemon juice or plain vinegar. About three tablespoons of acid. Or the juice of half a lemon.
  • wire rack for drying – I use my cooking rack from baking
  • baking sheets with wax paper
  • deep freezer
  • bags or containers to store frozen slices

How to Proceed:

  • Lay out a sheet of wax paper on your baking sheets
  • Have two bowls at the ready: the one with the acidic water and one empty to collect the apple cores and peelings.
  • Cut your apples into halves, then quarters, then eighths. Trim the core.
  • Peel
  • Drop into the acidic water.
  • Remove the slices from the water and line up on the wire rack to dry a bit.
  • Place on the wax paper lined baking sheet making sure the slices do not touch.
  • When the sheets are full place in the deep freeze until frozen solid. At least 4 to 6 hours.
  • Quickly pack into bags or plastic containers and store in the deep freeze until needed.
  • Will keep up to 6 months. (This is my first time freezing apples so I cannot attest to this. Will update if mine last this long or longer).
  • Use in apple pie, applesauce, apple cake and any other way you would like to cook/bake with apples.
  • Use from frozen.

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