Learn how to quickly and easily freeze apples for future baking, applesauce, and apple butter endeavors. Freezing apples is perfect for when you get a little overzealous and buy 6 bushels of apples at one time because it was such a good deal!
Wait can you really freeze apples raw? Yes my friend you can!
How to Freeze Apples
- Freeze Whole Apples- The quickest and easiest way to freeze apples is to freeze them whole.
- Wash the apples thoroughly.
- Place your apples on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer.
- Once the apples are frozen completely through. Place the apples into freezer bags in the freezer.
Freezing apples on a cookie sheet first will keep your apples from freezing into a big clump.
- Freeze Apple Slices- Freezing apple slices takes a bit more of a time commitment.
- Peel and core the apples.
- Cut the apples into slices.
- Soak your apples in a lemon juice, salted water, or ascorbic acid bath (1 Tablespoon of lemon juice, salt, or ascorbic acid to 1 quart of water). Doing this will keep your apples from browning.
- Remove apples from the brine solution and place them on a cookie sheet. Lining the cookie sheet with parchment paper will make for quicker clean up.
- Place the cookie sheets in the freezer.
- Once frozen place apple slices in a freezer bag.
Always be sure to label your freezer bags because it is hard to see what inside you bag once it freezes. Trust me I know. I always think that I will remember what’s in the bag and few months later when things have little frost in them it is so hard to tell what’s inside. Your apples will keep frozen for one year.
Equipment Needed to Freeze Apples
- Cookie Sheet
- Apple Corer/slicer/peeler
- Cutting Board
- Large Bowl (one for soaking and 1 for peels and cores if freezing slices)
- Freezer Bags
- Parchment Paper
Ingredients Needed to Freeze Apples
- 10 Apples
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice, Salt, or Ascorbic Acid
- 1 Quart Water
How to Use Frozen Apples
- Crisps and Cobblers
- Pancakes and Waffles
- Apple Butter
- Jams and Jelly
- Baked Apples
- Apple Dumplings
Tips for Success When Freezing Apples
- Flash freezing your apples will keep them from freezing into a big clump.
- Lining your cookie sheets will make for easier clean up.
- Using and apple peeler/corer/slicer makes for easier work.
- Soaking your apples in lemon juice, salt, or ascorbic acid dissolved in water will keep your apples from turning brown.
Freeze Apples- FAQ
- How long are frozen apples good for?
- As long as you drain your apples well and get as much air out of the freezer bag as possible they will keep frozen for one year.
- Do you need to thaw frozen apples before using them?
- Frozen apples can be used in most recipes from frozen including smoothies, muffins, pies etc..
- Will frozen apples turn brown?
- As long as you soak your apples in lemon juice, salt, or ascorbic acid dissolved in water your apples will not turn brown.