I’m planning to make some apple pies for the weekend fair. Can I freeze the apples to preserve them until the weekend? Will it change in color or taste?
Apples are versatile fruits that can be used in a variety of snacks and desserts like apple pies. So you bought a pile of apples for your recipes and you’re worried that these may spoil? Apples are at their peak of freshness in the fall, which is also the best time to get good deals on them. Learn how to freeze apples so you can enjoy the taste of fall all year long. Frozen apples make an excellent snack or addition to any number of dishes.
To properly store apples for these recipes, you can freeze them without worrying of spoilage. There are a variety of ways to freeze and preserve apples. One of which is to brush the apples with diluted ascorbic acid or with diluted lemon juice. This process will do just the trick to preserve your apples for as long as a year.
Can You Freeze Apples?
Freezing apples can be done in a variety of ways. Brushing the apples with diluted ascorbic acid or with diluted lemon juice is an effective way of prepping the apples for freezing. This process prevents the apple from turning brown and it keeps the apple slices crisp and tasty.
If you freeze raw apples, there is a huge possibility that when you thaw and cook the apples later on, the skin will turn brown. Although this can still be remedied with a dash of cinnamon to conceal the brown color of the apples.
Thawing the apples is easy and simple and easy. Defrost the apples in a pot of water with a splash of lemon juice. Make sure the apples are completely submerged to effectively thaw them.
Wait for about five minutes. Once thawed, you may now dunk the defrosted apples into your cooking pot where you will be cooking them for your chosen recipe.
However, if you would be using the frozen apples for uncooked dishes like fruit cocktails, it is best to submerge the apples in syrup. Pour syrup and ascorbic acid in a container that can fit your apples.
Completely submerge all the apples into the container, and voila! You may now place this in the freezer. These syrup apples can last for about a year without turning brown.
How to Freeze Apples?
Freezing apples is a common method to preserve freshness. Here are the quick and easy steps to follow in properly freezing your apples.
- Rinse your apples under running water to remove all the dirt from its skin.
- Using a peeler or a knife, carefully remove the apple’s thin skin layer.
- Slice the apples according to your desired size. You may opt to either slice them into halves, thirds or quarters.
- Remove the apple’s core and seeds.
- To prevent the apples from turning brown in color, brush the apples with this simple mixture: ½ teaspoon of 1,500 mg ascorbic acid and 3 tablespoons of water. Alternatively, you may use diluted lemon juice.
- Place the apples in an airtight container or in freezer bags.
- You may now proceed to storing the apples in your freezer. With this method, the frozen apples can last a year in your freezer.
Grab your apples from the freezer and try out these simple and easy recipes. First off is the recipe for homemade apple pie. This classic snack is a crunchy, tasty and healthy food you can prepare either for snack time or dessert:
Prepare bite-sized snacks for your children with this easy recipe of Apple French toast roll-ups. This is great for sharing in a group:
Boost your energy every morning with this apple smoothie recipe guaranteed to make you feel great throughout the day:
To extend the shelf-life of your apples, try freezing them. When you do this, make sure to remove any pesky seeds and cut the apple into slices or chunks and brush them with some diluted lemon juice. Place frozen pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for up to one year! Let me know about your apple freezing experiments in the comments below.