Frozen apples are great to have on hand for pies, cakes, and other treats throughout the winter. The process is simple: peel and slice your apples, freeze them on a cookie sheet, and then put them in a plastic freezer bag for longer-term storage. That is the basic process, but we provide more detail here on what to do and how to use your frozen apple slices.
You may be tempted to sprinkle lemon juice over your apple slices to prevent the inevitable oxidation process that turns apple slices brown. The problem is that those apples that freeze the best are already tart. You could end up with far too much tartness in your end product. If whiteness in your cooking apple is important to you then choose a variety like Gala that does not really turn brown.
To peel and slice your apples, the quickest and simplest method of preparing the apples for freezing is one of those corer/peeler/slicer gadgets (we review such a gadget here). If you do much with apples, do yourself a favor and invest in one. For a discussion, watch the video or read the instruction below.
Once your apples are ready just follow these easy steps:
Since the end result of a frozen apple slice is use in cooking, then you want a good cooking apple to start with. Generally these apples are a blend of sweet and tart. Some hold their shape through cooking and some do not. Some turn brown quickly and others do not. However, they all have stunning flavor after being cooked. For instance, a Jonagold is a beautiful and tasty apple to snack on and it is fabulous when turned into applesauce. The ideal apple for freezing is one that has both intense flavor and holds its shape. Fuji is one of those. Search out your local apple growers and you will find more. The video below provides some insight on selecting apples for cooking.
The process is simple: peel and slice your apples, freeze them on a cookie sheet, and then put them in a plastic freezer bag. That is the basic process, but we provide more detail here on what to do and how to use your frozen apple slices.
Peel and slice your apples.
Spread your apple slices in a single layer on a cookie sheet. ...
Place the cookie sheet into the freezer.
When the slices are stiff and frozen, remove the tray from the freezer.
Working quickly, pop the apple slices loose on place into a freezer bag.
For best results, place two cups of apples in each bag so that you can easily find a recipe-ready quantity.
Squeeze as much air out of the bag as you can and seal.
Flatten the bag onto another cookie sheet and return the frozen apple slices to the freezer.
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