How to freeze apples- a step by step tutorial with photos to show you exactly how to freeze fresh apples. Perfect for when you have a big apple haul!
Can you freeze apples?
Wait, what? You can freeze apples? Raw? Without cooking? Without turning them into applesauce?
Yes, you most certainly can! If you find yourself with a large surplus of apples, freezing them might a good option for you.
Having a stash of frozen apples makes it extra easy to throw them into baked goods or smoothies. After thawing, frozen apples can have a different texture, and are best used either pureed or in baked goods rather than eaten raw.
How to use frozen apples
- in a smoothie like this Apple Pie Smoothie
- in an Apple Pie
- in muffins like these Strawberry Apple Crumble Muffins
- in a crisp like this Single Serving Apple Crisp
- in a Frozen Apple Daiquiri
- in a apple compote, perfect for topping pancakes & waffles
How to freeze apples
Step one- peel and core your apples. I cut my apples into eighths, but if you want thinner slices for something like an apple pie, then cut them even smaller!
Step two- soak the apple slices in a lemon juice bath for 5 minutes. 4 cups water + 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
Step three- drain. Either dump the apples into a colander or let them sit on a baking sheet propped up on one end.
Step four- arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Step five- freeze for 4 hours- overnight.
Step six- transfer to a freezer bag, labelled with the contents & date. Always label! You would be surprised how hard it can be to see what’s in the bags once frozen. To remove extra air from the bag, you can use a straw to suck it out.
Step seven- freeze for up to 1 year!
Freezing Apples- FAQ
How long are frozen apples good for? So long as you do a good job of draining the apples and remove as much air as possible from the freezer bags, frozen apples are good in the freezer for a whole year!
Do you need to thaw frozen apples before using them? For most recipes that frozen apples can be used in, you do not need to thaw them; smoothies, muffins, pies, crisps, the frozen apples can go right in frozen.
Will frozen apples turn brown? So long as you soak your apple slices in the lemon juice/water mixture, your apples will not turn brown. Salted water (2 tablespoons dissolved in 10 cups water) has also been found to work well in preventing browning of apples.
Equipment used for freezing apples:
- I highly recommend these baker’s half sheets
- pictured in this post are these reusable silicone freezer bags, however you could also use a heavy duty freezer bag
- a sharpie for labelling bags
How to Freeze Apples
- 10 apples
- Peel and core the apples. I cut my apples into eighths, but if you want thinner slices to use in baked goods, then cut them even smaller!
- Soak the apple slices in a lemon juice bath for 5 minutes. 4 cups water + 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
- Drain. Either dump the apples into a colander or scoop them out with a slotted spoon. Let them sit on a baking sheet propped up on one end to drain thoroughly.
- Arrange on a large baking sheet. I love these baker's half sheets.
- Freeze for 4 hours- overnight.
- Transfer to a freezer bag, labelled with the contents & date. Pictured in this post are these reusable silicone freezer bags.
- Freeze for up to 1 year!