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Freezing apples?

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cheesecake17 Oct 22, 2013 06:46 AM

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

  1. t
    TDEL Oct 22, 2013 07:13 AM

    Yes you can, I do this all the time

    1. MidwesternerTT Oct 22, 2013 07:16 AM

      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. greygarious Oct 22, 2013 02:52 PM

        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. c
          cheesecake17 Oct 22, 2013 04:18 PM

          Thanks everyone!

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          1. re: cheesecake17
            grayelf Oct 22, 2013 10:30 PM

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

          2. KarenDW Oct 23, 2013 12:07 AM

            We freeze sliced/chopped apples all the time. They are handy for desserts, or for making a little chutney for that roast chicken. Just remember to dunk in lemon-water or vinegar-water while you're chopping; to reduce browning. If apple cider vinegar, I don't even bother to rinse before freezing. I do give the apples a whirl in the salad spinner if I have time. Use heavy zipper bags for the ultimate space-saving, random volume storage.

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