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Video:How to Freeze Apples

with Kaytie Sproul

Freeze apples while in season to enjoy all year long. Learn how to freeze apples for canning, pie filling, and other uses.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Freeze Apples

Hi, I'm Kaytie Sproul, here for About.com, and today I'm going to show you how to freeze apples. If you're the proud owner of an apple tree, you likely have more apples than you can handle. Rather than letting them go to waste or trying to find people to give them to, let's look at a few ways you can freeze them for year-round use.

How to Freeze Whole Apples

If you're not quite sure how you'll want to use your apples, your best bet is to freeze them whole. Start by washing the apples thoroughly and drying them. Next, place each whole, unpeeled apple on a tray. As soon as the apples are frozen, transfer them to large plastic Ziploc bags to prevent freezer burn, and place them back in your freezer until you're ready to use them.

Prep Apples Before Freezing

If you're likely to use your apples for pies or canning, your next option is to freeze them after you've completed some basic preparation. Peel, core and slice your apples to the desired size. Next, spread your apple slices evenly over a tray and place the tray in your freezer for a few hours. Once your apples are completely frozen, transfer them to freezer bags and place them back in the freezer.

Prevent Apples From Browning

Some apples are less prone to browning than others. However, if you find that your apples are browning after you slice them or begin the freezing process, you can prevent this by dipping the slices in lemon juice or salt water. Don't worry – this won't ruin the flavor of the apple; it merely stops the enzyme process that causes the discoloration.

Freezing Apple Pie Filling

If you're certain that you'll be using your apples for pie, you can take the freezing process a step further by completing some additional preparation before placing them in the ice box. Peel, core and slice your apples to the desired size. Place them in a single layer on pie plates. Next, sweeten them with sugar and spices for your pie filling, and place the pie plates in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer them to plastic Ziploc bags and place them back in your freezer. The great thing about this method, is that when you're ready to bake your pie, you can simply drop the frozen apples into a pie crust, cover them with dough and cook. Your bake time may be a little longer, but the result will be delectable.

Whether you're making apple sauce, pies, or any number of baked dishes, freezing apples is a great way to preserve them for future enjoyment. It's a much easier process than canning and allows you limitless options when deciding on a usage for your abundance of apples.

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