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Oct 22, 2013 06:46 AM

Freezing apples?

We went apple picking a month ago, and I still have a TON of apples. Way more than we can eat, and they're starting to get soft.

Can I peel, slice and freeze? I'd use them to make apple crisp later on

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    1. Yes you can, I do this all the time

      1. Absolutely yes. Better if done the day they're picked, but certainly feasible now. About 5 Cups per bag, add the lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon and freeze flat. You'll then be ready with the amount you'll need for each pie/crisp, just add the flour/tapioca/cornstarch thickener after thaw & before baking.

        1. If you want them to take up less freezer room, cook the slices in the oven or on the stove until they begin to collapse. You're not losing anything except a little water, which will intensify the flavor of the eventual baked goods.

          Freeze the peels separately and include in the pot if you ever make applesauce that you put through a food mill. Peels can also be simmered until the reduced liquid becomes a syrup, or dried and used to make a tea.

            1. re: cheesecake17

              I just freeze 'em whole, then run warm water over and peel when ready to use. Coring is easy peasy when frozen.