Freezing apple slices for pies question

ediej1209(5 N Central OH)October 19, 2008

For those who freeze apples for pies, have you tried both plain and sugared/spiced per recipe before freezing? Which works better? I have some fruit-fresh to keep the apple slices from turning, so am wondering if adding the sugar and cinnamon/nutmeg now would turn the slices to mush.

Thanks to all for all your great help. This is a GREAT forum!!

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melva02(z7 VA)

I always just freeze slices that have been dipped into Fruit Fresh solution. I freeze them in the amounts needed for my favorite pie recipes (6 or 7 cups).

Carol (readinglady) freezes whole unbaked pies. I know you can freeze apple slices in sugar, but I've never done it. Why not go the whole way and just freeze everything in the pie tin shape so you can just drop it into a crust later?


    Bookmark   October 19, 2008 at 1:38PM
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sandy_s(z4 CO)

i make the filling just as i would for fresh apple pie and freeze it in a pie pan lined with a plastic bag. after it is frozen i pull the bag over the filling (kinda like turning a sock inside out) and put it back in the freezer. when i want a pie- pull off the bag and walla a pie filling ready to bake. you can thaw it or bake it a little longer for a pie ready in a little over an hour. sandy

    Bookmark   October 19, 2008 at 2:30PM
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ksrogers(EasternMass Z6)

Adding sugar will cause them to soften more before the start to freeze. A lot of sugar added will also reduce the abilty for the apples to freeze firmly. Freezing without sugar will also break down the cellular structure so they will be soft once thawed. Be sure to make a string ascorbic acid solution, and you can also add a little lemon juice to the solution as well. Apples are notorious for oxidizing, as are peaches.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2008 at 2:52PM
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ediej1209(5 N Central OH)

Well, it sounds like if I want to have non-mushy pies, I should freeze without. Thank you all much for the advice!

    Bookmark   October 19, 2008 at 6:25PM
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ksrogers(EasternMass Z6)

Its also depeding on the type of apples. Some hold up quite well to cooking, or baking, while others totally disintegrate. Sugar is aways better to add when filling the pie crust with apples.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2008 at 6:53PM
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Like Sandy I line the pie pan but I use foil instead of plastic (but plastic sounds like a better idea) put in the apple slices and add the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, cover it with more foil and freeze, then I put it in a plastic bag. I've never had any trouble with the apples turning brown or mushy apples when they thaw or cook but I use mostly Ida Red apples which are great keepers and are fairly hard. I live in NYS so don't know if those apples are available everywhere or not. They are one of the last to ripen, if fact I just got two bushels so now have to start making applesauce for the grandkids.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2008 at 9:30PM
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